A Cry For Justice

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

Calling for research participants: What is the impact on church members when the pastor is the perpetrator of domestic abuse?

Would you like to participate in a research study related to domestic abuse and the impact on church members when the pastor is the perpetrator? ACFJ is assisting the researcher by publishing her invitation as a guest post. Now, over to her: 

My name is Judy and I am a doctoral student at California Southern University examining how church members are affected when they learn that their pastor is a perpetrator of domestic violence.  This research focuses on the personal experiences of the church member after learning about the abuse and violence perpetrated by their pastor.

The United States Department of Justice on Violence Against Women (2016) defines domestic abuse/violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner.  It can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.  Domestic violence and intimate partner violence are terms that are often used interchangeably.  These terms include any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.

The aim of the study is to expand the line of research related to domestic violence and the impact on church members when the pastor is the perpetrator.   It is hoped that the results of this study encourage further research, along with the development of programs and resources that address any specific needs of church members affected by this discovery of abuse.

If you are interested in participating in this study, have experienced learning that your pastor abused his/her spouse, belong to the age group 21-80 years of age, and able to communicate in English; please respond by contacting me directly at judykelly12@sbcglobal.net.

Please provide your contact information, time zone, and the best time to reach you to discuss your potential participation in this study.  Your participation in this study is voluntary and will remain confidential.

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