Many women throughout the world have suffered the abuse of an intimate partner in a dating, common-law, or marital relationship. Focusing on data collected over many years, this chapter examines some of the contours of how women of faith talk about their experience of domestic violence and their search for practical and spiritual resources in its aftermath. The chapter examines issues of safety, fear, guilt, uncertainty, forgiveness, and creating peace after violence has shattered the family. Both the challenges facing women of faith and the challenges facing those who assist them are discussed. In addition, a variety of religious practices and beliefs that enhance a woman’s search for healing and wholeness are discussed.
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