A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Thursday Thought — Resource Highlight: Domestic Abuse Training for (busy) Pastors

We want to draw attention to a training resource for pastors and church leaders:  Domestic Abuse Training for (busy) Pastors: An outline for self-directed learners. This resource was created by Barbara Roberts and can be found on our Resources page under the subheading Training Materials. This PDF is an excellent introduction to a biblical response to domestic abuse — a topic that most seminaries fail to address.

The Table of Contents includes

  • A word about secular resources
  • Understanding abusers
  • Myths
  • Be prepared for the ‘yuck factor”
  • Understanding and responding to victim/survivors
  • Making abusers accountable and behaviour change programs
  • Understanding the situation of children
  • Understanding Risk and Making Safety Plans
  • Couple Counselling?
  • Understanding what the Bible says about Domestic Abuse:
    • Submission and Headship
    • Forgiveness
    • Suffering
    • Protection Orders — can you take a brother to court?
    • Separation and Divorce
    • The Mandate of the Church
  • Church Programs and Policies



  1. bright sunshinin' day

    Barb, this resource list is helpful. Thank you. Dr. Phil Monroe’s PTSD Instruction entitled, Making the Church a Safe Place, is well worth listening to:

    Making the Church a Safe Place [This link was broken. We have updated the link and added the information (below) from the ACFJ Video & Audio Resources page. Editors.]

    From the ACFJ Video & Audio Resources page:

    In this two-part video training, Dr. Monroe, Professor of Counseling and Psychology at Missio Seminary (was Biblical Seminary) will explore how faith communities can unintentionally create additional distress for those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. This video series shows how to 1) identify common struggles of trauma survivors in faith communities, 2) understand the impact of trauma on the brain functioning and interpersonal relationship, 3) recognize the tendency to overspiritualize invisible wounds, and 4) identify leader, lay, and counselor interventions to improve the church experience of those suffering from PTSD. The video series is near the bottom of the page.

    • twbtc

      Yes, BSD, this is also a great resource! Thanks for mentioning it.

      Phil Monroe along with his colleague, Diane Langberg, have a number of videos that are very good. In addition to Monroe’s “Making the Church a Safe Place”, Langberg has a series on narcissism and counseling victims of domestic abuse.

      Links to all these resources and more can be found on our Resources page under Video & Audio.

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