A Cry For Justice

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

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Animal abuse and domestic violence

Approximately 60% of domestic violence victims stay in abusive relationships because they don’t want to leave their pet behind. 15% return to violent homes because of fear for their animals. Head trauma is one of the most common non-accidental injuries for pets in domestic violence. Dogs are the most common type of animal to be …

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When dental visits unearth old trauma

[Trigger warning] From the taste of blood in her mouth to feeling powerless and unable to talk, sexual assault survivor Juliet dreaded annual visits to the dentist. Everything brought back the trauma of the sexual abuse she’d endured from a male relative from the age of three to 14. She would “white knuckle” the dental …

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Most victims of strangulation will not have visible external injuries

Non-fatal strangulations point to future homicides. Victims of non-fatal strangulation often relate to being “choked” and though this terminology is commonly used among victims and police officers alike, the word is often used incorrectly. Choking is an internal blocking of the airway by an object. In contrast, strangulation is a form of asphyxiation characterized by …

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Have you been strangled? Or smothered so you couldn’t breathe?

Professionals, the public and victims are misinformed about strangulation. Most victims of strangulation will not have visible external injuries. Fatal strangulation can occur without any external evidence of violence on the human body. The victim may die hours, days or months after the strangulation event. Non-fatal strangulation can have serious immediate and long-term health consequences …

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Gender & DV: the key facts

The problem of domestic/family intimate partner violence is largely a problem of violence by men against women and children.  Comparing men’s violence against female partners & ex-partners and women’s violence against male partners & ex-partners, men’s violence: Is far more common Has much worse impacts Is far less likely to be self-defence If we only …

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I Let My Husband Rape Me, and Here’s Why… — by Amber Barnhill

I let him abuse me to keep him from abusing me. The problem with fundamentalist Christian culture isn’t that it doesn’t teach rape is wrong, but that it doesn’t know what rape actually is. Fundamentalist Christian culture taught me that if it wasn’t violent or you didn’t cry for help, that wasn’t rape, that was …

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