Caring for Families Caught in Domestic Abuse: A Guide toward Protection, Refuge, and Hope (eBook)

Chris Moles
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Caring for Families Caught in Domestic Abuse is a comprehensive, Christ-centered response to the spiritual, emotional, and physical harm that domestic abuse causes to the abused spouse, the abusive spouse, and their children.   

Written by an experienced team of biblical counselors, Caring for Families Caught in Domestic Abuse editor Chris Moles and contributors Darby Strickland, Joy Forrest, Greg Wilson, Kirsten Christianson, and Beth Broom are all leaders in biblical domestic abuse ministry in the local church. Each chapter of the book provides a detailed overview of how to minister biblically and faithfully to both the abusers and the abused.

Topics addressed include the biblical and theological foundations for counseling each family member impacted by domestic abuse, direction on how to counsel the victims (spouse and children) and the abuser, and how to offer practical, actionable help to protect families from harm. 

  • A field manual for pastors and counselors in domestic violence prevention, intervention, and education.  
  • Common tactics of domestic abuse and a biblical response are outlined.   
  • Key resource for the conservative evangelical church to understand and respond to this widespread problem.  


Chris Moles, MA, is senior pastor of the Chapel in Winfield, West Virginia and an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He is a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and the International Association of Biblical Counselors. Moles is a contributor to the West Virginia intervention curriculum used throughout the state prisons, correctional facilities, and community organizations. He is the author of The Heart of Domestic Abuse and a contributor to Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused, as well as the editor of Caring for Families Caught in Domestic Abuse. _ 

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“Like murky water, domestic abuse has a lot of suspended sediment that’s hard to see through as you’re trying to rescue people. What rescuers need is a way to see clearly and a plan to help. This book provides both—a biblical framework and a practical strategy for helping hurting families.”
Jeremy Pierre, Dean, The Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry and Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Biblical Counseling, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author of The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life; coauthor of When Home Hurts

“Chris Moles has assembled a team of people who are competent in their field, biblically faithful, and write with clarity and conviction. There’s no abstracted theology here, but solid counsel from Scripture about how to navigate the complex world of abuse and serve the families it entangles. Read, pray, grieve the evil that is abuse, and move humbly to help those most in need.”
Jonathan D. Holmes, Executive Director, Fieldstone Counseling

“This book is a practical resource for pastors, counselors, and individuals dedicated to fostering healing, restoration, and safety in the lives of those affected by domestic abuse. It gives insightful guidance on essential topics to help you respond with compassion, grace, and biblical wisdom. This book is a must-have for any helper!”
Eliza Huie, Director of Counseling, McLean Bible Church; licensed clinical and biblical counselor

“I’m both brokenhearted and overjoyed to offer this endorsement. I’m brokenhearted because the blight of domestic abuse is as shockingly prevalent in the church as in the culture. I’m overjoyed because the writers of this practical manual represent some of the best counsel the church has to offer. Sadly, this book is desperately needed. Happily, it’s finally here now for you. Buy it. Buy copies for your church leaders. Let’s change the narrative to be one of joyful understanding and solid support.”
Elyse Fitzpatrick, Author

“This book is a crucial resource for pastors, church leaders, counselors, and caring helpers to navigate the often confusing and murky waters of domestic abuse. We must stop making the same mistakes. Lives are lost, women are harmed, and children are impacted. We must do better. This book will show you how.”
Leslie Vernick, Counselor; coach; speaker; author of The Emotionally Destructive Relationship and The Emotionally Destructive Marriage

“Reading this book is like sitting in on a Q&A session with some of the most skilled and informed biblical counselors specializing in the topic of abuse—except that the authors have not only supplied you with the answers but with the questions as well. Anyone who has ever wondered about how to help people affected by abuse but didn't know where to start will find concrete and comprehensive guidance here.”
David and Krista Dunham, Sparrow and Heart Soul Care; authors of Table for Two: Biblical Counsel for Eating Disorders

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