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Domestic Violence and Abusers

. We have all seen the numerous stories of domestic violence that plagues our evening news reports, we have seen the leading story in our newspapers, we have lost a loved or friend due to domestic violence or you have been a victim. In all that we have seen or experienced we know that there are too many women and men dying, people being injured, men/women going to jail, far too many children growing up in violent homes to later become victims or abusers themselves and left motherless and fatherless for this problem to not be brought to the forefront in our communities and churches.

In this story, I will share with you what constitutes Domestic Violence, the national stats, the cycle of violence, the five types of abuse, the profile/characteristics of men that abuse, the DSM-IV diagnosis of abusers/batterers, the treatment that works for this population, what the bible says about Domestic Violence, what you can do, your church, your community can do to end domestic violence and what I’m doing to reach men that are abusers/batterers. However, I will not be able to cover all aspects of domestic violence in this one story, so for more in-depth information refer to my contact information at the end of this story.    

What is Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is when a partner physically, verbally, emotionally and sexually abuses their intimate partners. Domestic violence occurs in all cultures, races, religions, classes and same-sex relationships. We find that domestic violence is perpetrated by men and women, 95% of reported domestic violence cases are men abusing women and 5% of reported domestic violence cases are women abusing men. We also know that we have pastors, deacons, policeman, laymen, blue-collar, white-collar men abusing their partners.

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