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Books on Abuse (Emotional, Physical, Mental, Spiritual)



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by Leslie Vernick


This book is written from a Christian perspective and speaks to women specifically. Leslie Vernick offers a personalized path forward. Based on decades of counseling experience, her intensely practical, biblical advice will show you how to establish boundaries and break free from emotional abuse. She provides suggestions on how to identify damaging behaviors; gain the skills to respond wisely; promote healthy change; stay safe; understand when, why, and even how to leave; recognize that God sees and hates what is happening to you.



*Domestic Violence - Assult on a Woman's Worth

by June Hunt


Walking on eggshells to avoid abuse from a spouse is like walking on a narrow cliff edge. This book suggests ways to identify the different types of abuse and learn strategies for dealing with them. Includes Biblicla truths and practial steps toward hope and healing.


*Verbal & Emotional Abuse

by June Hunt


Abuse is abuse, even if it is not physical. This books details suggestions for dealing with the pain and learning to heal.



*The Verbally Abusive Relationship

How to Recognize it and How to Respond

by Patricia Evans


Just because the abuse isn’t physical, doesn’t mean it isn’t abusive. In this book are answers to help recognize abuse when it happens, respond to abusers safely and appropriately, and most important, lead a healthier life. From subtle put-downs to full out tantrums of name-calling or threatening, the author outlines the levels of abuse. This book puts you on a path to recognizing and responding to verbal abuse, one crucial step at a time!



by Shirley Fessel


A self-help workbook to help abused women of faith through a path to freedom with a stronger relationship with God. It is appropriate for a small group curriculum.




Two books written for women about abusive behavior. The first details understanding how abuse happens and adresses controlling and abusive behavior from an intimate partner, especially of men towards women. The second book gives helpful information for a path out of this control and into freedom.




This book addresses scriptures that have often been used to harm people, or take away their rights, their voice, their boundaries, and their safety. It explainshow to “untwist” those verses and understand how God intended. It is a book about shaking free from spiritual abuse.



Home should be Safe

by Mina Raulston


The author and former victim of domestic violence provides factual information about the realities of domestic violence. It details the help victims need and how to provide that help along with an appendix of available resources. The author includes her personal testimony of her experience with domestic violence and the devastating after-effects of a fourteen-year-long abusive marriage.




BOOKS RECOMMENDED FOR PASTORS AND CHURCH STAFF LEADERS


*When Home Hurts

A Guide for Responding Wisely to Domestic Abuse in Your Church

by Jeremy Pierre & Greg Wilson


This book is intended to equip pastors, church leaders and church members to respond with God's love to domestic abuse in their local church. Giving practical ways to acknowledge the reality and horror of this abuse, it is a helpful guide to those who suspect abuse but are unsure how to help. (Leslie Vernick's podcast on January 15, 2024 interviews these authors giving insight into their wisdom on this subject. It is entitled "Empowering Survivors. The Pastor's Role in Responding . . .")

 

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