A Cry For Justice

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

Training Materials

Abuse in the Church
A four-part course on DVD, which is available for purchase, will equip both counselors and church leaders to help Christian organizations prepare and implement procedures to prevent child and adult abuse and to take appropriate action when faced with allegations. The two speakers of the course are Philip G. Monroe, PsyD and Basyle Tchividjian, JD.

Assessing men who present as victims of family violence but who may actually be the primary aggressors (PDF) 

This training was part of the No To Violence 2012 Australian Conference on Responses to Men’s Domestic Violence and Family Violence.
The training as presented by Nathan DeGuara, Victims Support Officer, Victims Support Agency, Dept of Justice, Victoria, Australia.
Nathan drew on the work of the Victims Support Agency and No To Violence in assisting practitioners to assess whether men who are referred — or who present — as victims of intimate partner violence are the victim or the one perpetrating violence.

Church Protect, Inc.
Church Protect began as a result of Jimmy, one of the founders of the organization, finding out that his father, a former minister, is a pedophile.  Jimmy Hinton, along with Jon Uhler, started Church Protect to help churches combat child sex abuse.  Their mission is protecting, equipping, and supporting churches to prevent and report abuse while meaningfully helping those who have been impacted by the trauma of sexual abuse.

Counseling Victims of Domestic Abuse
A presentation Diane Langberg gave at the Forum Of Christian Leaders, Budapest, 25 May 2010.  Diane Langberg, a Christian psychologist, has worked with many victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and genocide; and also with people who have abused power in positions of Christian leadership.  You can fnd other resources created or recommended by Diane at dianelangberg.com 

The Debate Over Men’s Versus Women’s Family Violence
This paper by Dr. Michael Flood, postdoctoral fellow at La Trobe University, demonstrates that there is no ‘gender symmetry’ ion domestic violence, there are important differences between men’s and women’s typical patterns of victimization, and while men often are the victims of violence, they are most at risk from other men.  Permission is granted for this document to be circulated and posted online.

Divorce and Remarriage
Barbara Roberts tells how she came to write the book, Not Under Bondage, as she struggled in an abusive marriage and desired above all to be obedient to God’s Word. 

Domestic Abuse Training For Busy Pastors
Compiled by Barbara Roberts

A Gender Debate in Domestic Violence:  The Role of Data by Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse
This paper discusses the issues of gender and violence in relationship and the controversy between proponents of gender asymmetry (i.e. men are more likely to be violent and women more likely to be victims) and proponents of gender symmetry (i.e. men and women are equally violent and equally likely to be victims). This is a downloadable PDF.

Honouring our Clients’ Resistance to Violence and Oppression
Interview with therapist and researcher, Allan Wade.

Honouring Women’s Resistance: How Women Resist Abuse in Intimate Relationships
An excellent 34 page PDF resource from Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.  And their booklet Choosing to Change: A Handbook for Men concerned about their abusive behavior toward those they love – may be helpful for abusers who want to change.

Making the Church a Safe Place
In this two-part video training, Dr. Monroe, Professor of Counseling and Psychology at BTS will explore how faith communities can unintentionally create additional distress for those with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  This video series shows how to 1) identify common struggles of trauma survivors in faith communities, 2) understand the impact of trauma on the brain functioning and interpersonal relationship, 3) recognize the tendency to overspiritualize invisible wounds, and 4) identify leader, lay, and counselor interventions to improve the church experience of those suffering from PTSD.

Narcissism and the System it Breeds
Dr. Langberg, clinical faculty with Biblical Seminary and GTRI, lectures on the characteristics of narcissistic leaders and the temptations for organizational systems to support them.  This five-part video will help you to 1) identify common features of narcissistic leaders and organization, 2) examine individual and system vulnerabilities to toxic leadership, 3) summarize best practices for therapy with narcissistic individuals, and 4) compare leadership style of Jesus Christ and egocentric and demanding church leaders.

Ps Crippen Open Letter from a Pastor to Pastors
This letter is a PDF.  Readers are granted permission to reproduce this letter and use it to good ends.  Please do not alter or change the wording.

Ps. Jeff Crippen’s 21 sermon series on domestic violence and abuse

Red Flags: Risk Factors
A PDF listing several risk factors that victims who are experiencing any of the them are at increased risk of being killed or almost killed.d

Respecting & Listening to Victims of Violence
This handbook produced by Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter explains how to talk with victims in respectful ways — ways that will really help women who are being abused by their partners.  NB: the word violence in the title does not mean it’s only restricted to physical violence.  The authors of the handbook are using the term in the way many DV professionals use it, to cover all the various tactics of coercive control that domestic abusers can use  emotional, verbal, financial, social, sexual, physical, spiritual and legal abuse.

Risk Assessment
For practitioners and victim-advocates, this article explains what is necessary to understand and assess risk.  Also includes an excellent introduction to risk assessment video.

Screening Questions for Intimate partner sexual abuse
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

Together-We-Heal
Founded by David Pittman, a child sexual abuse survivor, this website is for any who suffer from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse.  It exists to provide guidance and counseling to those in need, educate any who seek information on how to better protect our children and to expose the sexual predators and their methods.

Understanding and Responding to Dissociation
In this two-part video, Dr. Langberg, Clinical faculty with Biblical Seminary and GTRI, examines the experience of dissociation, the process of “leaving” the present, and provides ten principles for working with clients diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder.  The video series teaches how to 1) identify the signs and symptoms of dissociation, 2) help others recognize and stop reliving past traumatic experiences, 3) recognize diagnostic features of Dissociative Identity Disorder, and 4) explore town principles and cautions for those working with DID clients.

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