1 in 3 people are victims of emotional abuse
Among Christians, the first place most couples go for help when their marriage is in crisis is a pastor. Unfortunately, few couples receive the care they truly need to confront and address the harm caused by emotional abuse.
There are two main reasons the church has not been a safe harbor for victims of emotional abuse:
- The real issue was overlooked. Emotional abuse is often covert, and the signs are hard to spot.
- Few pastors, and even professional counselors, are trained to offer appropriate help to victims of emotional abuse.
The result is secondary harm to the victim: more confusion, despair and even a loss of their faith in God.