Do we have answers for victims of abuse? They all have questions. They are all seeking answers, but what do we have to offer them?
I suppose it could be considered humorous that the top search engine term on my blog site was once “pastor cartoon.” I still have not figured that one out for the life of me. But then it gets serious. Scores of terms people are using, whether through Google, Bing or any other search engine, include such phrases as “the bible and domestic violence,” “bible scriptures for domestic violence,” “domestic violence scriptures,” “god keeps punishing me,” “does god want me to stay in an abusive marriage,” or “does god want me to stay with an abusive partner.” Where are the answers for victims seeking the truth?
Another set of terms runs along the lines of “books on maintaining hope after a lifetime of being a victim of abuse,” “domestic violence words of encouragement,” “moving forward after abuse,” “overcoming domestic violence,” “men ending domestic violence,” “breaking the cycle of domestic violence,” “how family members can help a victim of domestic violence,” or “empowerment of domestic violence victim,” leading me to think there are those looking for sources of positive impact upon their situation. Or, maybe it is family and friends trying to find some answers for victims of abuse. We all feel very helpless when victims of abuse are trying to make sense out of a senseless situation. They are looking to us for answers. They want us to have answers for victims.
It seems many are quietly inquiring of how the church looks upon or works against domestic violence, with such terms as “not in my church book domestic violence,” “how should churches address domestic violence and sexual assault,” “what religion supports violence and why?” “domestic violence and demon possession,” and “what are some questions a clergy asks a victim of domestic violence…” Then we might consider the woman who was executed in Afghanistan recently when she was accused of adultery.
Well, here’s the deal, folks. As I poured over the list of terms used used by many who are seeking answers for victims of abuse, certain needs for sources and information, as well as encouragement, were easily and clearly defined. You have let me know what you are looking for, and I hope and pray you are finding here on this site, in these blogs, some answers for victims of abuse.
What are victims of abuse looking for? I will try to get your answers, and address them here. If you have questions or are in some level of abuse, please remember to leave a comment with the questions you have or information you seek. For those who wish to remain anonymous, please feel free to write me through our CONTACT information. It’s to the right of the page.
We WILL get answers for victims of abuse. After all, this blog is for and about YOU!
Carolyn S. Hennecy recently received a certificate as Designated Victim Services Practitioner through completion of a 40-hour course conducted by the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Florida. She is recognized nationally as an expert survivor spokesperson on domestic/intimate partner abuse and violence, sexual assault and child molestation and abuse.