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Battered Women's Protective StrategiesStronger Than You Know$
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Sherry Hamby

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199873654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873654.001.0001

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Turning to Spiritual and Religious Resources

Turning to Spiritual and Religious Resources

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(p.129) 9 Turning to Spiritual and Religious Resources
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Battered Women's Protective Strategies
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Sherry Hamby

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873654.003.0009

It is essential that all people, of any faith or no faith at all, feel comfortable approaching social agencies for help. Although secular approaches can be advantageous when trying to serve the entire population, one risk is being less than respectful to people who have strong religious or spiritual identities. In particular, many religious traditions discourage or forbid divorce, no matter how serious the problems are that a couple is facing. Most services for victims of domestic violence are organized, either explicitly or implicitly, around the goal of relationship termination. More needs to be done to serve women, because of religious, spiritual, or moral reasons, who believe and are told by family and community that relationship termination is a dishonorable option. More also needs to be done to recognize the wide array of protective strategies that women can obtain by reaching out to faith-based organizations.

Keywords:   Religion, spirituality, congregations, churches, battered women, domestic violence, intimate partner violence

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