Breaking the Silence

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Breaking the Silence: The Church Responds to Domestic Violence

A handbook about domestic violence from a spiritual perspective, and the only one of its kind, Breaking the Silence contains important, action-oriented information about domestic violence and its pervasiveness in society. Sections include “myths” about domestic violence; a checklist to determine if a relationship is potentially violent; clergy resources for counseling, worship, and congregational outreach; rape; information for youth; and pages that can be customized with local and national contact numbers, email addresses, and websites. It also includes questions for discussion and suggestions for using the book as a training or education tool for youth and adults.

This resource is limited to the topic of adult abuse, as the subject of child abuse is highly specialized and often includes many more laws and involvement from local agencies that will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

Its size and writing style make this a perfect resource to give to your pastor, chaplain, friend, family member, or coworker.


Morehouse Publishing, 2008

Paperback, 124 pages


Anne O. Weatherholt, an Episcopal priest, has served on the boards of Heartly House Shelter in Frederick, MA and Citizens Assisting to Shelter the Abused (CASA) in Hagerstown, MA, and has done staff training on the spiritual side of recovery from domestic violence. She serves on the Family Violence Council of Washington County, MA. A chaplain for Maryland State Police, she writes a weekly column for Hagerstown Herald mail. She has published articles in The Living Church, Anglican Digest, and Maryland Church News, and many articles on the topic of domestic abuse.

Publisher: Morehouse
Date Published: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 124
ISBN: 978-0819223203
Item Number: B678P

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