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Introduction

Domestic violence is a pattern of misuse of power and control used against a household member or intimate partner.  It is coercion, intimidation, and control through emotional, verbal, physical, sexual, financial, religious, or other means.

In the Bible we see that God has much to say to us about domestic violence.  The website of the Olympia Union Gospel Mission offers thirty-eight biblical studies on domestic violence issues (see http://www.ougm.org).  This workbook includes tem of these studies which are focused on understanding the basic dynamics of domestic violence relationships, including verbal abuse.  

I want to thank the many women who have attended the Mission’s domestic violence support group in the past.  These women provided invaluable input, perspectives, and inspiration for these studies, as well as a lot of forbearance as the lessons went through a long process of refinement.  I hope this material will help you better understand domestic violence and reassure you that God cares deeply about this issue and about you.

Judy Kennedy

Olympia Union Gospel Mission

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