Domestic Violence is usually defined as physical, sexual, mental, emotional, and financial abuse. It’s someone exuding power and control over someone else and using it for some purpose they feel may serve them in some way. It’s an epidemic that has been around since the beginning of time and unfortunately doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. However, unlike years ago, there is more awareness, more services and more support for those who have been affected by this issue.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is upon us, actually it’s almost over. There have seen so many flyers and posters about events, and PSA’s about awareness; how wonderful it is knowing that this topic has not fallen by the wayside. The community must also be pleased that many churches and faith communities are getting on board to bring awareness to their congregations and those who worship among them.
An advocate’s desire for years has been to bring awareness to this issue and allow the faith community to come together to assist victims and survivors. In the book, God Provides a Way of Escape: A Domestic Violence Response it speaks to those who want to encourage and empower anyone who has been touched in some way by domestic violence. It speaks to the counselor who wants to provide hope, to the layperson who wants to be an informed listening ear, and to the victim who needs to know that God can do exceedingly and abundantly above all they could think or ask in their lives.
It seems evident that more people are considering different options for those affected by this issue, allowing for more versatility in delivering and receiving help. The community looks to the local shelter or counseling center, but it must also consider someone’s spiritual and religious background because many feel that is their foundation. Some rely heavily on their faith and feel that has brought them through and sustained them. That is certainly validated for them in this book, while providing another way of looking at their situation through the lens of God’s word. There are many ways to find solutions, however finding a long-lasting solution is key. The book and ministry, The Journey of Healing, seeks to do just that. It is a journey of restoration…for the body, soul and spirit…the journey of healing. It comes as no surprise that for many God is the source.
Let’s not forget those who have and are continuing to deal with this epidemic as well as those who have loved ones that desire to help any way they can. Domestic Violence Awareness shouldn’t be in the limelight just in the month of October, it should be every week of every month throughout the year until there is no reason to speak of