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Help for Abusive Relationships – Archive

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A path to safety​


Are you or is someone you know stuck in a harmful relationship? Here are some resources to help you gain wisdom and direction for stepping toward freedom.

How to Know If You’re in an Emotionally Abusive Relationship


Emotional abuse has been proven to be one of the most damaging types of abuse long term. Three types of emotional abuse can easily be disguised: gaslighting, retaliation and projection. Learn about the common types to become aware if you’re in an emotionally abusive relationship.

Setting Boundaries to Create Safety: Healing an Emotionally Abusive Relationship


If emotional abuse is present in your relationship, setting boundaries is crucial. If you think your safety’s at stake, learn the steps to effectively set boundaries in harmful relationships.

How to Help Someone in an Abusive Relationship


You may want to know how to support someone you love who’s in an abusive relationship. Here are several ways that can enable you to be there for them.

Additional resources​


Codependency: What Is It?

Signs of Emotional Abuse

Marriage Q&A: My Spouse Is Verbally and Emotionally Abusive

Marriage Q&A: My Husband Is Physically Abusive

Play it SAFE: Dealing With Domestic Violence tips sheet

Resources: Healing From Emotional, Verbal, Physical, & Spiritual Abuse

How to Deal Wisely With Manipulative People

Broadcast: Dealing With Abuse in Marriage

Broadcast: Finding Hope in the Midst of Domestic Violence – Part 1

Broadcast: Finding Hope in the Midst of Domestic Violence – Part 2

Broadcast: Allowing God to Heal My Messy Marriage – Part 1

Broadcast: Allowing God to Heal My Messy Marriage – Part 2

Broadcast: Reclaiming Hope and Safety in a Destructive Marriage (Part 1 of 2)

Broadcast: Reclaiming Hope and Safety in a Destructive Marriage (Part 2 of 2)

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Is it abuse?: A Biblical Guide to Identifying Domestic Abuse and Helping Victims

What is Spiritual Abuse in Marriage?

What is Financial Abuse in Marriage?

What is Sexual Abuse in Marriage?

Abuse in Marriage – Video Series​

What Is Domestic Abuse in Marriage? – Darby Strickland​


Do you suspect that you’re suffering from domestic abuse in your marriage? Maybe you’ve become confused and have lost the ability to see your situation clearly.

Darby Strickland, counselor and author of ‘Is It Abuse?’ describes the different types of domestic abuse and encourages victims to seek help and share their story with a trusted individual.

How to Help Someone in an Abusive Marriage – Darby Strickland​

Misconceptions of Abuse in the Church – Darby Strickland​

If an Abusive Spouse Is Not Repentant – Darby Strickland​

If Abuse Isn’t Physical Abuse in a Marriage – Darby Strickland​

Hope for Abuse Victims – Darby Strickland​


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