In this episode, Reverend Geneece Goertzen, a survivor of two decades of abuse, discusses her experiences in two abusive marriages, the challenges she faced, and the importance of recognizing and responding to domestic violence within faith communities, shedding light on the need for validation, safety and informed support for survivors in religious settings.
Research shows that domestic violence happens in religious families just as much as it does in the general population.
Women of faith stay in an abusive marriage longer than the general population. Normally victims return 7x to an abuser, whereas in a religious family, the victims return 9x.
It’s important for faith leaders and clergy to believe and validate the experiences of domestic violence survivors.
Prioritizing safety should always come first when dealing with domestic violence situations.
Faith communities should actively educate themselves about domestic violence resources and services in their area to provide immediate assistance.
Speaking about domestic violence from the pulpit and including disclaimers about unhealthy relationship dynamics can help create a safer environment for disclosure.
Spiritual abuse can go hand-in-hand with domestic violence, with abusers twisting religious teachings to manipulate victims.
It’s crucial not to idolize marriage over the safety and well-being of individuals involved.
False accusations of abuse are rare, and it’s important to take victims’ disclosures seriously and investigate them thoroughly.
Affirmation and support for survivors from faith communities can play a crucial role in their healing and recovery.
Reverend Geneece Goertzen is conducting a study for domestic violence victims that have disclosed in their faith communities. Please contact her through her website at HopeRiseThrive.com to speak with her.
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