Reformed Churches and Abuse Victims: A Researcher Wants to Hear from You
Dr. Valerie Hobbs has contacted us in regard to research she is doing on how abuse victims and abuse cases are being handled in Reformed churches. We agreed to post her request here. Tell your story to her (email her directly, don’t post it here). Perhaps her research will be another avenue of exposing what is happening, good or bad.
“I am a Christian academic (linguist), living in England and working at the University of Sheffield (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/english/people/hobbs). I grew up in a Presbyterian church whose leaders held to a very narrow view of divorce and of women’s roles in society, an experience which formed the foundations for a lifelong interest in how women are represented, pastored, and talked/written about in the Reformed Christian church.
My research has taken a direction towards analyzing the language used
in cases of Reformed Christian church discipline involving women where the issues of marriage/headship/abuse and the like are central. I am interested in hearing from anyone with firsthand knowledge of such cases as described above (whether handled satisfactorily or not). I am keen to use my expertise to bring these cases to light and ultimately describe, understand and even question the Reformed Church’s views of women as they are foundational to how cases of abuse and divorce are handled.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All information will be treated confidentially, and all those who communicate with me will be given final say as to which (anonymized) information can be used in my project and which cannot. Also, by communicating with me, there is no obligation to participate in my research. You may withdraw at any time, with no explanation.
Dr. Valerie Hobbs”