There’s a good chance you know someone at church or at work who feels trapped in a violent marriage. Three -quarters of Americans know a person who is a victim of domestic violence. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 1 in 4 women have experienced severe physical violence from a close partner.
As a human friend, you are in a natural position to help. Many people who are in abusive relationships do not seek out a counselor, but they do talk to a trusted friend.
But what do you say? What are you doing
Darby Strickland is a consultant and author of the book Is it abuse? A Bible Study on Recognizing Domestic Abuse and Helping Victims. He is also our guest on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Friends Helping Friends: Recognizing Marital Abuse. ”He has a lot of practical ideas that you want to consider.
Even if some of the men in the audience suffered from abusive marriages-the focus of our conversation was women, who make up 85% of victims of domestic abuse. However, Darby’s advice generally works the same way.
In our program, she defines marital abuse and explains the different types of abuse. He also offers practical ways to help your friend. Listen to our full conversation with you local radio station, online, sa iTunes, by Podcast, or our free phone app.
If you are in an abusive marriage or have an acquaintance, keep in mind that we have mobile Christian counselors on staff, and it is their privilege to offer you a free consultation. Call us, leave your name and number, and they will be with you as soon as possible. The business hour number is 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).
Before I close, I want to invite you to participate in the ministry. Whether it’s a spouse in an abusive relationship, a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, or a couple on the verge of divorce, Focus on the Family takes the lead in dark situations every day. to provide real help. For a gift of any amount, we’ll send you Darby’s book Is it abuse? A Bible Study on Recognizing Domestic Abuse and Helping Victims. Visit our website or call us at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).