A Cry For Justice

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

Author Archive: Barbara Roberts

God’s view of women who get targeted by abusive men (2 Timothy 3:6-7)

Men who abuse women tend to target women who are: weighed down with sins led astray by their desires/passions/feelings always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth ‘little women’  (the Greek is a single word which is the diminutive of women) That’s what the Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:6-7. This …

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“Marinated in trauma” – generational transmission of trauma. Diane Langberg & Phil Monroe

When a person’s life is marinated in trauma, that has profound effects on the individual. When a  connected group of people is systemically traumatized (such as the Jews in the holocaust) studies show this has negative effects down several generations. And what if a whole society is systemically traumatizing some of its members? The three …

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Resistance and backlash to social change

If you are working to promote social change, you can expect to meet resistance. Resistance may occur in any setting (e.g. a local church, or the Christian community at large). It may come from individuals or collectively, and from men or women. When it comes to social change, people (and organisations) are on a continuum, …

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Sleeping with the enemy… and being ‘one flesh’ with an abuser who sexually assaults children

“It’s like the abuser’s evil was shared with me and in a sense I became one with it.” The sexual intimacy a woman has with her husband means that they are ‘one flesh’ — whatever that phrase means.  Trigger warning. For me, the pollution of an abuser having sexual intercourse with me affected me to …

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Gender & DV: the key facts

The problem of domestic/family intimate partner violence is largely a problem of violence by men against women and children.  Comparing men’s violence against female partners & ex-partners and women’s violence against male partners & ex-partners, men’s violence: Is far more common Has much worse impacts Is far less likely to be self-defence If we only …

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Steps to Freedom: Escaping Intimate Control – Don Hennessy’s new book (DH Digest part 12)

Don Hennessy’s book Steps to Freedom: Escaping Intimate Control is different from most ‘sympathy’ and ‘support’ books which rely on the target woman to protect herself. Instead it talks directly to the target woman while she is being controlled and hopes to give her the permission and the skills to protect her mind and her soul. …

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