Isolating the victim from her family of origin (and the family of Christ)
Just a quick post to let you know that Cindy Burrell’s latest post Isolation: another weapon in the abuser’s arsenal is well worth a read. It discusses the situation where the victim (under pressure from the abuser) cuts herself off from her family of origin.
As I read Cindy’s post, it occurred to me that the tactic of isolating the victim from her family of origin has a parallel in how some abusers isolate their victim from God’s family into which all regenerate believers have been adopted. Many survivors have told us of their abuser’s outbursts occurring most intensely on Sunday morning, when the victim wants to attend church to be with the family of Christ.