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Category Archives: Culture

Violence against women and mental health

a) Male abuse and violence against women b) Mental health and mental illness These are big topics which intersect in complex ways. Violence against women and mental health is a research paper that examines the way that mental health intersects with trauma, complex trauma, disability, coercive control, access to justice and parenting. The paper is …

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Submission to authority figures — the Milgram Experiment and Stanford Prison Experiment

Many people behave unethically when they are instructed to do so by what they perceive as a legitimate authority figure. If you have suffered abuse, whether it be emotional, spiritual, psychological, physical or sexual abuse, you might be asking “How can someone be so cruel?”  The Milgram Experiment and the Stanford Prison Experiment have shown …

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Australia’s Family Court is ordering children into unsafe situations

Australia is not the only place where children are being forced to have contact with abusers by the legal system.  Caution: For some readers, some of the linked articles may be triggering. What is the so-called evangelical church doing about any of this? I answer that ^ question at the bottom of this post. I …

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The Jewish divorce certificate gave women the right to remarry, but some men used it rule over women

For centuries Jewish religious leaders have insisted that in order for a divorce to be legal, the husband must write a certificate of divorce. The essential words in the certificate were “You are free to marry any man”. Jews call this divorce certificate a ‘get’ – it is a Hebrew word unrelated to our English …

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Why men abuse women and what makes them stop – by Barry Goldstein

Courts Must Learn Basics about Domestic Violence Four decades after domestic violence first became a public issue [in the USA] our courts still don’t understand the causes and effective responses to domestic violence. Attempting to resolve DV cases without fundamental DV knowledge is like sending children to unregulated daycare; we keep seeing avoidable tragedies in …

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Resistance and backlash to social change

If you are working to promote social change, you can expect to meet resistance. Resistance may occur in any setting (e.g. a local church, or the Christian community at large). It may come from individuals or collectively, and from men or women. When it comes to social change, people (and organisations) are on a continuum, …

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