A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Thursday Thought — Resource Highlight: Domestic Abuse Training for (busy) Pastors

We want to draw attention to a training resource for pastors and church leaders:  Domestic Abuse Training for (busy) Pastors: An outline for self-directed learners. This resource was created by Barbara Roberts and can be found on our Resources page under the subheading Training Materials. This PDF is an excellent introduction to a biblical response to domestic abuse — a topic that most seminaries fail to address.

The Table of Contents includes

  • A word about secular resources
  • Understanding abusers
  • Myths
  • Be prepared for the ‘yuck factor”
  • Understanding and responding to victim/survivors
  • Making abusers accountable and behaviour change programs
  • Understanding the situation of children
  • Understanding Risk and Making Safety Plans
  • Couple Counselling?
  • Understanding what the Bible says about Domestic Abuse:
    • Submission and Headship
    • Forgiveness
    • Suffering
    • Protection Orders — can you take a brother to court?
    • Separation and Divorce
    • The Mandate of the Church
  • Church Programs and Policies


  1. bright sunshinin' day

    Barb, this resource list is helpful. Thank you. Dr. Phil Monroe’s PTSD Instruction entitled, Making the Church a Safe Place, is well worth listening to:


    • Yes, BSD, this is also a great resource! Thanks for mentioning it.

      Phil Monroe along with his colleague, Diane Langberg, have a number of videos that are very good. In addition to Monroe’s “Making the Church a Safe Place”, Langberg has a series on narcissism and counseling victims of domestic abuse.

      Links to all these resources and more can be found on our Resources page under Video & Audio.

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