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

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Stockholm Syndrome, codependency and other labels used to pathologize, blame and discredit victims.

There are many labels used to pathologise, blame and discredit victims: Stockholm Syndrome battered women’s syndrome learned helplessness codependency traumatic bonding re-enactment of trauma repetition compulsion women choose abusive men women unconsciously attract abusive men The concept of “Stockholm Syndrome” has become a ‘received truth’ in the mental health field. It shifts the focus away …

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The Myth of “Stockholm Syndrome” and other labels which are used to discredit and pathologize victims of abuse

When I first read about ‘Stockholm Syndrome’  I was delighted because it seemed to explain some of my feelings and thoughts towards my husband when I was married to him. And it seemed to explain why I found it so hard to identify that he was in fact abusing me — and how hard it was to decide …

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The Myth of “Stockholm Syndrome” and how it was invented to silence an indignant young woman

Dr Allan Wade, a man I have learned a lot from, presented a paper in April 2015 at a New Zealand conference on The Myth of “Stockholm Syndrome” and other Concepts Invented to Discredit Women Victims of Violence. Unfortunately I was not able to attend the conference, but here is the abstract of his paper which …

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The Levite’s Concubine — a case study in domestic abuse and how abusers enlist allies

This is the presentation I did last June at the church in Tillamook which Jeff Crippen pastors. The audience was the Ladies’ Bible Study group, Ps Jeff Crippen and one of his elders, and two survivors of domestic abuse who travelled some miles to attend, one of whom sometimes writes on this blog.  I can’t …

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Cognitive dissonance hinders pastors from giving justice (advice for pastors Part 8, by Ps Jeff Crippen)

Deuteronomy 16:18-20 “You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the …

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