According to the American Medical Association, one quarter of American women will be abused by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. Al Miles addresses the issues related to inadequate pastoral response to this pervasive problem. Miles explores the dynamics of abusive relationships and the role that clergy members can take to heal this painful situation. This new edition 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.
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No woman should be forced to choose between the safety of a shelter and the support of her church when she experiences domestic terror. She needs and deserves both. This is our job as Christian leaders: to ensure that she is safe and supported and has the resources to protect herself and her children. We need to assure her that God and the Bible are with her in her hour of need. Jesus unequivocally calls us to be the Good Samaritan to the battered woman and her children. In this book, Rev. Al Miles shows us the way.
—Marie M. Fortune, founder and senior analyst, FaithTrust Institute, Seattle, Washington
Rev. Al Miles has served as hospital chaplain in a number of medical centers throughout the United States since 1981 and now coordinates the hospital ministry at The Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii. He is the author of articles on domestic abuse and has counseled victims and perpetrators for 18 years. Miles also serves on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women, which is co-chaired by the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services.