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Domestic Violence: What Every Pastor Needs to Know: Second Edition

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In this thoroughly updated edition of his seminal work on domestic violence, Al Miles explores the dynamics of abusive relationships and the role today’s ministry professionals can take to heal this painful situation. Miles focuses on helping clergy and other pastoral ministers develop a more compassionate response to victims-survivors who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, and he includes new information on the pathology of domestic violence and the effect the economic downturn is having on victims-survivors and batterers.

PRODUCT DETAILS

Author: Al Miles
Pub. Date: 2011
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 978-0-8006-9755-6
Format: Paperback, 224 pp

$24.00

In this thoroughly updated edition of his seminal work on domestic violence, Al Miles explores the dynamics of abusive relationships and the role today’s ministry professionals can take to heal this painful situation. Miles focuses on helping clergy and other pastoral ministers develop a more compassionate response to victims-survivors who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, and he includes new information on the pathology of domestic violence and the effect the economic downturn is having on victims-survivors and batterers. Also included are questions for discussion in each chapter, a list of additional resources, and contact information for state coalitions working to end domestic violence.

REVIEW

“No woman should be forced to choose between the safety of a shelter and the support of her church when she experiences domestic terror. She needs and deserves both. This is our job as Christian leaders: to ensure that she is safe and supported and has the resources to protect herself and her children. We need to assure her that God and the Bible are with her in her hour of need. Jesus unequivocally calls us to be the Good Samaritan to the battered woman and her children.  In this book, Rev. Al Miles shows us the way.”

--Dr. Rev. Marie M. Fortune, Founder and Senior Analyst, FaithTrust Institute

“Rev. Miles’s knowledge and his obvious passion to help equip the church to be more fully and relevantly aligned with the healing ministry to which it is called makes Domestic Violence: What Every Pastor Needs to Know an exceptional resource to help the church correct past practices and become an intentional advocate for abused women and their children.  I applaud Fortress Press for its leadership and decision to make available this second edition of such a practical and yet profound guide for effective engagement in the war against domestic violence.”

--Rev. Dr Robert O. Dulin Jr., Southeastern Regional Pastor for the Church of God in Michigan

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