In a perfect world, those who vow to love and protect their wives wouldn't be abusive, but that isn't the reality for many wives today.
In almost 20 percent of all marriages and intimate partnerships, couples slap, shove, hit, or otherwise assault each other.
If you've ever found yourself crying on the bathroom floor because you've been wounded verbally, mentally, or physically, it isn't because you "deserve" it.
As a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ 1st and a Relationship Coach 2nd, I take marriage serious. However, if your safety is ever at jeopardy, I'd never ask you to force a false reality to meet a standard that can't be attained by someone who doesn't value your being.
As believers, we want to please God in all things, but would He really ask you to stay if you're unsure you'll see next week?
Today I want to share my heart with you. This may not be your story, and if it isn't, praise God. But Jesus is always concerned about that 1 sheep, and if this is your story, I'm here for you.
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1−800−799−7233
Create a safety plan that can be put into action if violence occurs again or if you decide to leave the situation.
Think through each step of the safety plan, weighing the risks and benefits of each option and ways to reduce the risks.
Be sure to include the following in your safety plan:
A safe place to go in an emergency, or if you decide to leave home
A prepared excuse to leave if you feel threatened
A code word to alert family or friends that help is needed
An "escape bag" with cash, important documents (birth certificates, social security cards, etc.), keys, toiletries, and a change of clothes that can be easily accessed in a crisis situation
A list of emergency contacts, including trusted family or friends, local shelters, and domestic abuse hotline