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Religion and Intimate Partner Violence: Understanding the Challenges and Proposing Solutions

Nancy Nason-Clark, Barbara Fisher-Townsend, Catherine Holtmann, and Stephen McMullin


Intimate partner violence is a complex, fear-inducing reality for large numbers of women throughout the world. When violence exists in a relationship, safety is compromised, shame abounds, and peace evaporates. Violence is learned behavior, and it flourishes most when it is ignored, minimized, or misunderstood. When violence strikes the homes of deeply religious women, they are more vulnerable. They are more likely to believe that their abusive partners can, and will, change. They are less likely to leave a violent home, temporarily or forever. They are often reluctant to seek outside sources ... More

Keywords: intimate partner violence, abused women, batterers, coordinated community response, religious leaders, accountability, families of faith, pastoral counseling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190607210
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190607210.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Nason-Clark, author
Professor and Chair, Dept of Sociology, University of New Brunswick

Barbara Fisher-Townsend, author
Professor, University of New Brunswick

Catherine Holtmann, author
Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan