I was very surprised recently to learn that rates of domestic violence are not much better among Christians than in the rest of society. This is unacceptable. Our closest relationships should be the safest place on earth. The late Dr. Catherine Clark Kroeger, seminary professor and author, wrote:
“It is impossible to know the prevalence of abuse in a particular congregation because it is so carefully concealed. We do know that literature about domestic abuse disappears very fast when it is placed in the women’s washroom. Last Sunday during a “moment for mission” in our middle-sized church, a woman told of her ministry to abused women, and afterwards three women had the courage to address it in the foyer and to disclose that they were in the midst of crisis situations. How many more did not dare to come forward?”
If you know a victim of domestic violence, whether adult or child, it is important to know that help is available by way of several resources: contact a shelter, contact me and/or consult this website to learn more.
PS Want to see an inspiring documentary? Check out “Buck,” about a man, abused as a child, who is now one of the great “horse whisperers” in America.