Domestic violence prevention

Hello Shirley

I’m writing to announce the publication of our new compilation of 101 Great Sources for Domestic Violence Prevention, which includes bWe Baptist Women for Equality’s Blog

Scroll down to Related Sources to #91.  This is what is said about my blog: bWe Baptist Women for Equality’s blog discusses the particular struggles that women have in the patriarchy of Baptist churches and how hard they must work to overcome these obstacles. Posts discuss various aspects of being a Christian woman and emphasize feminist values pertaining to equality and treatment. The site is a great read for getting a realistic picture of where we are as a country on equality issues.

Domestic violence is a pervasive problem that many social workers will encounter among their clients. It is important for social workers to know how to help clients who have experienced, or are currently suffering from domestic violence. We are publishing this compilation as a resource for social workers as well as their clients, and your site is a vital part of it.


We’re sharing this article through every available channel.

Thank you so much, and please let me know if there’s anything I can do for you.

Julia Lawrence

Dear Julia,

Thank you so much for contacting me. I am honored to be featured in your article.

You put it very well when you say that workers will encounter domestic violence situations in their line of work and that they need to know why it so common. My book Dethroning Male Headship tells you why it is common and how it is taught, and I think that any social worker needs to know that it has its roots in religion.  How to confront it lies in the social change of female equality.  That equality should take place in the church. That is what I am working for.

Women are abused because what is taught in the churches (mosques, temples, etc.) bleed out into society and people who never even go to church are affected by it.

I am a Christian and I know that the Bible does not teach female submission roles. However, most churches teach that all men are to have authority over all women all the time. That includes the church and in the home. It is in the home that violence takes place because men are taught that they have god-given leadership/authority over their wives.

In this male headship teaching, it is important to know that it is up to the husband to determine what level he demands his wife submit. He gets to make the rules, and he can change the rules. And that is when women suffer. Even if they are submitting, if the husband decides they are not submitting enough, abuse is often the result.



About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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5 Responses to Domestic violence prevention

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  2. K. Martin says:

    Thanks for that link and info. I write for a couple of blogs, and I intend to add that as a resource.


  3. How to confront it lies in the social change of female equality.


    • Welcome! Thanks for joining us. You are so right. It does lie in the social change of female equality. I work for that daily and there are many of us who are working also. We have no courts to fight it out in such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was fought out to give women equal status. We are dependent upon each other to spread the word, and cause social change. We write books and blog hoping that it will be enough, but it hasn’t been so far. Again, I welcome you.


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