Who Is at Fault in the Domestic Violence Epidemic?

Who Is at Fault in the Domestic Violence Epidemic

Ordained Episcopalian priest and professor at Gordon-Conwell Theologian Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary Justin Holcomb has authored a book domestic violence with his wife Lindsey Holcomb, who has worked with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In their latest book, Is It My Fault? the Holcombs share the “good news of the Gospel” with victims of domestic violence. In the first of a three-part interview, Justin spoke with The Christian Post on how he and his wife decided to write on this topic, his feelings about the term “rape culture,” and the assumptions behind the title of their book.

CP: Why did you write this book?

Holcomb: Mainly it was because of my wife. When we were dating, she was working at a domestic violence shelter. She was a case manager at a domestic violence shelter and right before we got married, she started working at a sexual assault crisis center. She worked for Shelter for Help in Emergency in Charlottesville, Virginia, and she worked for Sexual Assault Resource Agency. I was a minister and I was preaching, I was getting ordained, I had been in seminary already. So while we were dating, she’d tell me about her day, I’m teaching seminary and also religion and theology at the University of Virginia, and she’s telling me about all these issues and I’m thinking through, what does Christianity have to say about these issues?

We originally had our first book together called Rid of My Disgrace, which is about sexual assault, it’s hope and healing for sexual assault victims. There was a pretty strong response. People seemed to like it. It seemed to really help victims and we had a lot of people say, “That’s great. What about domestic violence? That’s another thing you guys are always talking about.” So we decided to write this on hope and healing because of the good news for those suffering domestic violence. This book is a product of putting together a seminary professor and a priest — I’m an Episcopalian priest —I’m a seminary professor and a minister with a victim’s advocate on sexual abuse and domestic violence and this is what you get. We wanted to write specifically to victims. We’re not writing about them but to them to tell them about the good news and what the Bible says and some practical stuff, but we also wanted ministers and family members and friends and friends who would be supporting them to overhear how we are talking to them so they could learn about it also.

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Source: Christian Post | MORGAN LEE

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