New 2009 Release
Binding up Bruised Reeds:
Edited by Karen M. Flowers and Barbara Couden Hernandez, AdventSource 2009
Available from AdventSource : https://www.adventsource.org
Eighty percent of all victims of domestic violence look to a pastor, priest, rabbi, or other religious leader for help first. Yet clergy are some of the least informed and most ill-prepared for abuse counseling. Binding Up Bruised Reeds has been professionally compiled for Seventh-day Adventist pastors and other church leaders to use with persons suffering physical, mental, emotional or social abuse.
This Quick Reference Guide can help you become part of a network of professional and community services available to respond to cases of family violence and child abuse and neglect. Together there is strength to bring justice, healing, and hope where there was once only despair.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: We Have a Problem Here!
Chapter 2: Toward Some Definitions
Chapter 3: Myths about Abuse and Family Violence
Chapter 4: Warning Signs of Abuse and Family Violence
Chapter 5: Breaking the Silence
Chapter 6: Applicable Laws and the Pastor’s Legal Responsibility
Chapter 7: Spiritual Care and Empowerment
Chapter 8: An Appropriate Pastoral Response
Chapter 9: Questions on Pastors’ Minds
Chapter 10: Personalized Safety Plan
Chapter 11: Contact Information
Appendix A: Statement on Family Violence
Appendix B: Statement on Well-being and Value of Children
Appendix C: Statement on Child Sexual Abuse
Appendix D: Sexual Misconduct in Church Relationships Involving Denominational Employees or Approved Volunteers-Model Procedures
Appendix E: Church Attendance/Participation Policy for Sex Offenders