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Family – is blood is thicker than water?

“Blood is thicker than water” is often used to coerce victims of abuse to comply with the sinful beliefs and behaviour patterns within a family system.  It is used to intimidate and extract loyalty from a member of the family whose conscience is more active and biblically guided than the rest of the family – …

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“Do not take a brother to court” – does it mean you can’t seek a protection order against your abuser?

To seek a protection order from the court is not a sin. A victim of abuse does not go against biblical principles by seeking a protection order from the secular justice system, even if the abuser professes to be a believer. The “do not take a brother to court” principle from 1 Corinthians 6 must …

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Survivors and DV professionals describe domestic abuse and red flags (Don Hennessy series part 10)

Every survivor’s story can encourage and empower other survivors of abuse. Victims feel they are not so alone when they hear the raw, real accounts from other survivors. Three survivors of domestic abuse told their stories to Ray D’Arcy who is an Irish radio show presenter. Ray D’Arcy then sought comment from Don Hennessy and …

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Re-offending: the increasingly dangerous culminating phase in male intimate abuse (Don Hennessy series part 6)

The skilled offender becomes progressively more abusive the longer he maintains control over his target woman. This is a truth universally acknowledged by those who have professional or long-term personal experience in the dynamics of domestic abuse. For their hearts are like an oven As they approach their plotting; Their anger smolders all night, In the morning it …

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Offending and re-grooming: the skills men use to abuse their female partners (Don Hennessy series part 5)

The man who abuses his female partner is a skilled and very devious sexual offender who uses his psychephile skills to select a target woman, set her up, befriend her mind, and groom her. As his grooming tactics are progressing successfully he starts to offend on her sexually. After offending, he re-grooms her…in order to …

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The male domestic abuser is a ‘psychephile’ – a sexual offender (Don Hennessy series part 4)

We all know that pedophiles target children for sexualized abuse. Don Hennessy coined the word psychephile for the man who abuses his intimate female partner. A psychephile targets the psyche of the woman he has selected as his target for a long term intimate relationship. Hennessy used the word psychephile in order to emphasise that …

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