As a woman of faith, and seeing so many search engine terms coming up on my blog looking for answers as to how faith and abuse possibly fit together, I simply must make some meager attempt to address this point. I was raised in the 60s, and through that time society taught the religious tenets30

Does the Church condone domestic violence? This is a tricky question, or two-sided at the very least. Do I believe the church condones domestic violence? Not intentionally. Do I believe domestic violence is condoned in churches today? Yes, unintentionally. I believe many churches are simply unaware, untrained or uneducated on the nuts and bolts of30

Have you ever stopped to wonder who is there to minister to the clergy when they need ministry? I mean, we all need emotional and spiritual support at some time or another, but if they are constantly giving out and never getting anything back, that cannot be a good thing. The same thing goes for30

In a very few months I have seen two news stories involving battered women who refused to press charges or give a statement against their abuser. Both incidents ended with the report of at least one death. In both circumstances, the law enforcement officer asking the victim if she cared to file a report or30

Yes, it happens. Not very often, but it does happen. Men are sometimes the victim of domestic violence and abuse. Men get it coming and going. Society labels them as wimps if they “allow” their wives to run over them, yet they are admonished that a man should never hit a woman. So, what if30

On a consistent basis I get the same question: “Is God punishing me with domestic violence?”  Let me say this as clearly as I possibly can. No! I stand on this statement unequivocally, and am firmly convinced it is scriptural. God punishes sinners. Domestic violence is a sin. You are the victim, not the sinner.30

It is puzzling for me, standing on this side of the fence now, to consider how often women question whether or not they are experiencing domestic violence. The far too common thought is, “Well, I must not be a victim of domestic violence. He has never hit me.” Okay, would it make sense if we30

I suppose it could be considered humorous that the top search engine term on my blog site is “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 such30

Several have been asking me what some of the signs of child molestation are. My first suggestion is to go directly to the RAINN website―do not stop, do not pass “Go,” do not hesitate, but go there, read their information and if you feel it is necessary, call them. They are the experts. Another important30

Domestic violence is no respecter of person or religion. You see, when it comes to abuse, it happens every day in the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Catholic or Hindu home. It also occurs daily in the homes of agnostics and atheists. I suppose you could say domestic/intimate partner violence is an interfaith issue. So, what do30