Focus Ministries – Domestic Violence

Violence Among Us: Ministry to Families in CrisisDomestic Violence Recovery and Resources

In the Christian community, one in every four women experiences family violence. As the awareness and incidence of domestic violence increase, however, pastors find themselves ill-equipped to deal with the crisis. There is very little training, if any, provided in seminary on this subject. The challenge for every pastor and counselor is to go beyond a casual awareness of the problem to the harsh reality of this epidemic, to move past apathy to conviction, and to turn empathy into compelling action. Addresses the questions:

  • How common is domestic violence?

  • What keeps a victim trapped?

  • What is the effect of family violence on children, teens, the church community, the workplace, and society as a whole?

  • How can the church take a proactive stand to prevent family violence in future generations?

Offers readers:

  • Practical help in identifying abusive situations

  • Strategic counseling tips

  • Case studies and models of effective ministry to both the victim and the perpetrator

  • Resource lists which include domestic violence hotlines and shelters, faith-based organizations, abuser treatment programs, and information on legal and safety issues

Who is the book for?

  • Pastors and other church leaders
  • Professional and lay counselors
  • Organizations which minister to families in crisis