One quarter of all women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Domestic abuse is more than physical and is just as pervasive within the church as elsewhere, leaving silent sufferers and predators in our midst. How can we help? To minister and care wisely for people ensnared in abuse relationships, we must understand abuse biblically, know what God says about it, and respond to his call to participate in a ministry of redemption both to the abused and the abuser.
Darby Strickland, M. Div., holds a Master of Divinity degree in counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago. She has been a counselor with CCEF for fifteen years with a special interest in domestic abuse and families of developmentally delayed children. She has supported the ministries of local churches as a Bible study teacher, seminar and retreat speaker, and support group leader. She teaches in the field of counseling abusive marriages and has written on the subject for the Journal of Biblical Counseling. She is married to John and home-schools three children.