for Christian Women Healing from Abuse
Resources for Healing
Everyone needs companions along the path of recovery. Browse below to find a variety of support numbers, organizations, books and other resources to carry with you on your healing journey.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or 1.800.787.3224 (TTY)
2400 N. 45th St. #10
Seattle, WA 98103
Family Violence Prevention Fund
383 Rhode Island St. Ste. 304
San Francisco, CA 94103
for women in Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Vietnam
#53D Street 242
Sangkat Veal Vong, Khan 7 Makara
P.O. Box 1521
+855 23 219 045, 220 127
Hagar Sisters, Support for Abused Christian Women in New England
PO Box 2260
Acton, MA 01720
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
PO Box 18749
Denver, CO 80218
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Network to End Domestic Violence
660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Ste. 303
Washington, DC 20003
National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
6400 Flank Dr., Ste. 1300
Harrisburg, PA 17112
The Office on Violence Against Women, US Dept. of Justice
800 K. St. NW, Ste. 920
Washington, DC 20530
One in Three:
Campaign to Raise Global Awareness about Violence Against Women
Seattle, WA 98109
One Man Can, Campaign supporing men and boys to take action to end domestic and sexual violence, including "how to" for faith leaders
4th Floor Westminster House
122 Longmarket Street
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 21 423 7088
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
635-B Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
RAVE, Religion and Violence E-Learning
Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence
101 Arch Street, 11th floor
Boston, MA 02110
SAIV, the Spiritual Alliance to stop Intimate Violence
P.O. Box 51936
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Sidran Institute: Traumatic Stress Education and Advocacy
200 East Joppa Road; Suite 207
Baltimore, MD 21286
SNAP, the Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests (and other Religious Leaders)
P.O. Box 6416
Chicago, IL 60680
The Hope of Survivors, a Ministry for Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse
P.O. Box 16
Thompsonville, IL 62890
Terre des Femmes
PO Box 2565
+49-7071-79 73 0
There are a variety of books on abuse and healing. I recommend searching for books at your local library or online if you have access to a safe computer where, if you are in an abusive relationship, you will not be harmed for seeking help. Your local church or diocese or local domestic violence organization may also be a good source of suggestions. You may search for books on domestic violence in general or search for a more specific topic, such as abuse and lesbian relationships, abuse and women of color, recovery from emotional abuse, etc. To begin, here are three "classics" in the abuse field:
Herman, Judith, MD, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror. New York: Basic Books, 1997.
Walker, Lenore E. The Battered Woman. New York: HarperCollins, 1979.
Bass, Ellen, and Laura Davis. Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.
Here are some good books dealing with the topic of faith and healing:
Adams, Carol J., and Fortune, Marie M, et. al. Violence Against Women and Children: A Christian Theological Sourcebook. New York: Continuum, 1995.
Auer, Jim. Abuse: How Can I Be Safe? Liguori, MO: Liguori, 2006. (BOOK FOR CHILDREN THAT CONTAINS SPIRITUAL ELEMENT)
Benvenga, Nancy. Healing the Wounds of Emotional Abuse: The Journey Worth the Risk. Meneola, NY: Resurrection Press, 1996.
Brock, Rita Nakashima, and Parker, Rebecca Ann, Proverbs of Ashes:
Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us. Boston: Beacon Press, 2002.
Farley, Wendy. The Wounding and Healing of Desire: Weaving Heaven and Earth. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2005.
Foote, Catherine. Survivor Prayers: Talking with God about Childhood Sexual abuse. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994.
Fortune, Marie. Keeping the Faith: Guidance for Christian Women Facing Abuse. San Francisco:HarperCollins, 1987.
Galasso, Carmine. Crosses: Portraits of Clergy Abuse.London: Trolley, 2007.
Leslie, Kristen J. When Violence is No Stranger: Pastoral Counseling with Survivors of Acquaintance Rape. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2002.
Omilian, Susan M. The Thriver Workbook: Journey from victim to survivor to thriver. West Hartford, CT: Butterfly Bliss Productions, 2010. (spiritual but not Christian-specific).
Sanford, Doris. I Can't Talk About It. Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, 1986. (BOOK FOR CHILDREN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED SEXUAL ABUSE; CONTAINS SPIRITUAL ELEMENT)
Schussler Fiorenza, Elisabeth, and Copeland, Mary Shawn, eds. Violence Against Women. Vol. 1. Maryknoll, NY: Concilium/Orbis Books, 1994.
Sotelo, Nicole. Women Healing from Abuse: Meditations for Finding Peace. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2006.
If you decide to seek counseling, ask for a counselor who has training in the area that fits your experience; i.e. child abuse, partner abuse, rape, etc. Also, if you seek a counselor and are currently in an abusive relationship, insist on seeing the counselor individually. Sometimes people who abuse others will use couple or family counseling in unhealthy ways to keep you from leaving the relationship.
American Mental Health Counselors Association
801 N. Fairfax St., Ste. 304
Alexandria, VA 22314
American Psychological Association
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
800.374.2721 or TDD/TTY 202.336.6123
National Association of Social Workers
750 First St. NE, Ste. 700
Washington, DC 20002-4241
American Association of Pastoral Counselors
9504A Lee Hwy.
Fairfax, VA 22031
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
(for a list of body-centered pscyhotherapy counselors)
You may decide that a retreat will help you to focus on your healing or will give you a break from an intensive period of healing. Check these websites for a listing of retreats in your area. Ask if they have programs specifically for healing.
Also, be sure to check out the Calendar tab of this page that lists upcoming retreats for survivors.