Religion and Men's Violence Against Women

  • Andy J. Johnson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Background Information

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jillian E. H Damron, Andy J. Johnson
      Pages 3-14
    3. Christopher Kilmartin
      Pages 15-25
    4. Annette Mahoney, Layal Abadi, Kenneth I. Pargament
      Pages 45-59
  3. Working with Individuals within Religious Cultural Communities in the US

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Tricia Bent-Goodley, Kesslyn Brade Stennis
      Pages 133-148
    3. Natalie Ames, Leslie F. Ware
      Pages 149-162
    4. James P. Hurd
      Pages 239-249
    5. Donald F. Walker, Katherine J. Partridge, Rachel L. Stephens
      Pages 251-262
    6. Nancy Murphy, Julene Pommert, Bonnie Vidrine
      Pages 283-299
    7. Nan J. Muhovich, Edna Geddes
      Pages 301-317
    8. Rafia M. Hamid
      Pages 319-342
    9. Shanta Nishi Kanukollu, Quyen Epstein-Ngo
      Pages 343-355
    10. Quyen Epstein-Ngo, Shanta Nishi Kanukollu
      Pages 357-370
    11. Muninder K. Ahluwalia, Sailume Walo-Roberts, Anneliese A. Singh
      Pages 399-408
  4. Best Practices in Working with Clergy and Religious Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 409-409
    2. Rafia M. Hamid, Kushalata Jayakar
      Pages 411-429
    3. Andy J. Johnson, Rachel L. Stephens
      Pages 453-469
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 471-474

About this book


This reference offers the nuanced understanding and practical guidance needed to address domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in diverse religious communities. Introductory chapters sort through the complexities, from abusers' distorting of sacred texts to justifying their actions to survivors' conflicting feelings toward their faith. The core of the book surveys findings on gender violence across Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Eastern, and Indigenous traditions--both attitudes that promote abuse and spiritual resources that can be used to promote healing. Best practices are included for appropriate treatment of survivors, their children, and abusers; and for partnering with communities and clergy toward stemming violence against women.

Among the topics featured:

  • Ecclesiastical policies vs. lived social relationships: gender parity, attitudes, and ethics.
  • Women’s spiritual struggles and resources to cope with intimate partner aggression.
  • Christian stereotypes and violence against North America’s native women.
  • Addressing intimate partner violence in rural church communities.
  • Collaboration between community service agencies and faith-based institutions.
  • Providing hope in faith communities: creating a domestic violence policy for families.

Religion and Men's Violence against Women will gain a wide audience among psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professionals who treat religious clients or specialize in treating survivors and perpetrators of domestic and intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual assault, rape, or human trafficking.


Best practices in working with clergy Best practices in working with religious communities Church work with abused women Domestic Violence Family Violence Gender-based violence Intimate Partner Violence Pastoral counseling Religion and Family Violence Religion and Violence Against Women Treatment of abusive men Violence Against Women Violence in religious communities

Editors and affiliations

  • Andy J. Johnson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBethel UniversitySaint PaulUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-2265-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-2266-6
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