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Domestic Violence in the Church, 'A Dirty Little Secret...'

Contact: Jocelyn Andersen, 863-662-0978, www.JocelynAndersen.com, jocelynandersen@tampabay.rr.com

AUBURNDALE, Florida, June 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- That's how Marvin Sanders, co-host of American Family Radio's the "Today's Issues" show, phrased it during our interview on May 30.

Our discussion of the subject ranged from the mother of three who was subjected to church discipline for divorcing her violent husband to a former pastor's wife-turned victim's advocate who called in and shared that when she reached out to her church family for help while she was being violently abused, no one believed her or took her seriously. So silence became her crippling crutch.

The Christian woman whose spirit is being crushed and life endangered by domestic violence often deals with church sanctioned oppression through unscriptural counsel to submit to her husband regardless of the circumstances.

The well-intentioned counsel received from friends, family and spiritual leaders often ranges from disappointing at best to life threatening at worst. The battered Christian woman is faced with a unique burden and needs straight answers—not unrealistic expectations or clichéd, stereotypical platitudes.

About Jocelyn Andersen

Jocelyn Andersen is a survivor of many years of spousal abuse and domestic violence. She promotes awareness of the plight of battered women within the Christian community through her book, Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence, and she is passionate about sharing the God given insights that brought her out of a lifestyle of defeat in tolerating abuse and domestic violence into the blessed place of peace and victorious Christian living she enjoys today.