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Overview

According to the American Medical Association, one quarter of American women will be abused by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. Loving support can make a tremendous difference to survivors as they struggle with the difficult process of healing and regaining trust in themselves and others. Often, however, pastoral caregivers possess the same misconceptions about domestic violence as does the uninformed public.

Al Miles addresses the issues related to inadequate pastoral response to this pervasive problem. He explores the dynamics of abusive relationships and the role that clergy members can take to heal this painful situation.

The new edition of Domestic Violence builds upon the insights, policies, and programs of the original volume and includes new information on the pathology of domestic violence and the effect the economic downturn is having on victim-survivors and batterers. Miles also focuses on helping clergy and other pastoral ministers develop a more compassionate response to victim-survivors who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender.

This thoroughly updated edition includes questions for discussion, a list of additional resources, and contact information for state coalitions working to end domestic violence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800631758
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Acknowledgments 9
Preface. Clergy Voices 11
Introduction: "Where Are All the Pastors?" 15
Chapter 1. Encouraging and Excusing Men/Blaming Women 21
Chapter 2. Violence against Women: Separating Fact from Myth 47
Chapter 3. Survivors Speak Out 77
Chapter 4. Once an Abuser, Always an Abuser? 101
Chapter 5. The Thorny Question of Forgiveness 129
Chapter 6. Minister to Minister 153
Notes 189
Appendix A. Selected Resources 195
Appendix B. State Coalitions 199
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    Indispensable!

    A hands-on, comprehensive book for the busy clergy or pastoral minister who needs practical guidance more than academic theory. Should be on the bookshelf of every pastoral professional and volunteer.

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