This story is part of our SOS series - "My sister's story" can help us understand the devastation that happens in families as a result of domestic abuse. How might the church respond to make a positive difference?
A recent article in Christianity Today highlights a few of the reasons why it can be difficult for those who have survived abuse to be in church.
How many lives could be changed if the church talked as openly about abuse as any other chronic and life-threatening issues their congregants faced?
In her recent book Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife, Ruth Tucker offers a compelling and harrowing account of the ways in which unchallenged assumptions about gender hierarchy can create a climate of enabling abuse within the church.
The 'Power and Control Wheel' has been used for many years to describe the central power and control dynamic that operates in many kinds of abusive relationships.