July 11, 2018

So many women* have suffered hurt and harm at the hands of an abusive husband only to be further shamed and damaged when they present to their church for help.

Talking with a victim about the trauma of their domestic abuse is the equivalent of undertaking interpersonal...

On May 22nd several hundred people gathered at North Sydney Independent Theatre (hosted by Northside Baptist Church) to think further about how the local church can respond to Domestic Violence. We were confronted by the heart-wrenching story shared by a victim-survivo...

Dear one,

God sees you. We see you. You are loved.

You’ve lived in hell. You’ve tried. You’ve cried. The rages, the blaming, the criticism, the threats, the hits. You lived through it all, and you did everything you could to make it better. You did everything to keep him...

February 7, 2018

Last year ABC news investigations by journalist Julia Baird revealed the disturbing extent of domestic violence within the Australian Christian church community and abuse perpetrated by clergy husbands. These confronting reports revealed something that is not often ack...

December 17, 2017

Since the ABC’s exposé of domestic violence within churches on the 7:30 program, I have watched with sadness, anger and dismay at the ensuing debate. I knew that when the program aired it would bring up a plethora of painful memories for many. I underestimated however,...

November 25, 2017

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, this article is dedicated to:

- All women and girls who experience violence and oppression

- All the women and men working to end discrimination and violence against women

- All the women and men who rela...

October 18, 2017

(In my discussion I am centring on the primary dynamic of men as the perpetrators and women as the victims, but please understand that such roles aren’t confined to one gender)

 

Many men were surprised at the extent of the problem, that so many women could say “me too...

August 8, 2017

 
Since Julia Baird and Hayley Gleeson published, 'Submit to your husbands': Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God (ABC News, July 2017), Fixing Her Eyes has received many emails from Australian women in evangelical churches who identified with the...

My day ended as it had began: thinking about the credibility of women’s testimony in the Church. As a lecturer for the School of Theology for Charles Sturt University, my morning class examined the critical role of eyewitness testimony in the story of Jesus Christ. The...

Increasingly, survivors are speaking out about the experience of Domestic Violence in Christian households. Women are being insulted, criticized, dragged, hit, threatened, humiliated and stalked by the men who have promised to love and cherish them. Some preachers are...

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