Books

men who batterMen who act abusively have their own story to tell, a journey that often begins in childhood, ripens in their teenage years, and takes them down paths they were hoping to never travel. Men Who Batter recounts the journey from the point of view of the men themselves. Interwoven with this rich and colorful portrayal of the journey of abusive men, we bring twenty years of fieldwork with survivors and those who walk alongside them as they seek safety, healing and wholeness for themselves and their children. While the main purpose of Men Who Batter is to highlight the stories of men, told from their personal point of view, it is countered by reality checks from their own case files and those professionals who have worked with them. And finally, interspersed within its pages is another theme: finding religious faith or spiritual activity in unlikely places.

  • Most of the men that were interviewed had been incarcerated at some point for domestic violence, and many were re-interviewed every six to nine months, four or five times.
  • The authors also conducted focus groups with other men who were participating in the state-certified batterer intervention program the authors were studying, and they observed many group meetings
  • over their years of data collection.
  • The men’s accounts of their lives are told within a broader framework of the agency where they have attended groups.
Responding to Abuse in Christian Homes: A Challenge to Churches and Their Leaders

Responding to Abuse in Christian Homes: A Challenge to Churches and Their Leaders

Publication Date: 2011

Authors: Nancy Nason-Clark, Catherine Clark Kroeger and Barbara Fisher-Townsend

Publishers: House of Prisca & Aquila, South Hamilton, MA
                       Wipf and Stock Press, Eugene, OR

There is no easy answer to the problems that surface when abuse impacts the Christian family. But each of the authors contributing to this volume believes fervently that it is imperative that followers of Jesus and their spiritual shepherds respond to the cries for help. To respond well necessitates both knowledge and a willingness to act. Responding to Abuse in Christian Homes: A Challenge to Churches and Their Leaders represents a collective effort to bring all of us a step farther in our journey of walking with Christ over a sea of troubled waters. Throughout the collection we provide an opportunity to examine a diversity of perspectives, with the hope that each will in some way advance our understanding of the complexity of domestic violence issues in our midst-within our churches and the communities where our churches minister.


No Place for Abuse:  Biblical and Practical Resources to Counteract Domestic Violence (Revised)No Place for Abuse: Biblical & Practical Resources to Counteract Domestic Violence (Revised)

Publication Date: 2010

Authors: Catherine Clark Kroeger and Nancy Nason-Clark

Publisher: InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL

Nearly one in four women around the globe is physically or sexually abused in her lifetime, and gender violence causes more death and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents or war. Regrettably, the church is not immune to this problem. Numerous studies suggest that incident rates among active churchgoers are nearly the same as those among the general populace. In this thoroughly revised and updated edition, Catherine Clark Kroeger and Nancy Nason-Clark share with readers a further ten years of experience in listening to the voices of women from around the world and especially to those within the church. They help us hear their cries and find concrete ways to respond so that no home will be a place of abuse.


Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home: Raising Voices for Change

Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home: Raising Voices for Change 

Publication Date: 2008

Authors: Catherine Clark Kroeger, Nancy Nason-Clark and Barbara Fisher-Townsend

Publishers: House of Prisca & Aquila, South Hamilton, MA
                       Wipf and Stock Press, Eugene, OR

PASCH (Peace and Safety in the Christian Home) began as a small group of therapists, sociologists, domestic-violence experts, clergy, biblical scholars, survivors—and dedicated Christians. Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home: Raising Voices for Change emerged from the 2005 and 2006 PASCH conferences in order that the papers, presentations, and discussions might be widely available. The topic of abuse is ugly, but we have tried to present an accurate, faith-based analysis of abuse in the Christian family context. Every home should be a safe place; every home a shelter. When abuse occurs in families of faith, it is the responsibility of the church to offer compassion and support to victims and to call those who act abusively to accountability and justice.


Refuge from Abuse: Healing and Hope for Abused Christian Women Refuge from Abuse:  Healing and Hope for Abused Christian Women

Publication Date: 2004

Authors: Nancy Nason-Clark and Catherine Clark Kroeger

Publisher: InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL

In this highly practical book, written especially for religious women who have suffered abuse, sociologist Nancy Nason-Clark and biblical scholar Catherine Clark Kroeger address the long and arduous journey facing women who have experienced violence at the hands of someone they loved and trusted.  They deal in particular with the unique pain of Christian women who thought it could never happen to them.  Refuge from Abuse offers insights to nourish your soul and sustain you on the path to wholeness.


Understanding Abuse: Partnering for ChangeUnderstanding Abuse: Partnering for Change

Publication Date: 2004

Edited by: Mary Lou Stirling, Catherine Ann Cameron, Nancy Nason-Clark, Baukje Miedema

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Toronto, ON

On February 20, 2004, the Centre hosted the exciting launch of Understanding Abuse: Partnering for Change. The result of a collaborative effort of various research teams of the MMFC, this edited book represents segments of their work and accomplishments over the past decade, and contains eleven chapters profiling issues related to women abuse and family violence. This work will serve as an invaluable tool to both policy makers and front-line workers, and will be of particular interest to all who seek information on successful versus unsuccessful programs to prevent family violence. Congratulations to the book editors (Drs. Mary Lou Stirling, Ann Cameron, Baukje Miedema, and Nancy Nason-Clark), as well as to all of the contributors for their hard work in seeing this project to fruition.


Child WelfareChild Welfare: Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice

Publication Date:2003

Edited by: Kathleen Kufeldt and Brad McKenzie

Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Waterloo, ON

On October 24, 2003, the Centre hosted the launch of: Child Welfare: Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice. Edited by Kathleen Kufeldt and Brad McKenzie, this book is a collection of twenty-two articles organized under four themes: incidence and characteristics of child maltreatment; the continuum of care; policy and practice; and future directions. This book appeals to all helping professionals, researchers and students as well as all those who are concerned by the failures of the system.


First CasualtyThe First Casualty: Violence Against Women in Canadian Military Communities

Publication Date:2002

Author: Deborah Harrison

Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Toronto, ON

Dr. Deborah Harrison authored the book, with the collaboration of Lucie Laliberté, Marlene Bertrand, Elizabeth Blaney, Jerry Deveau, Penny Ericson, Gaila Friars, and Ann Koller.

The book is the result of the extensive research carried out by the entire 20-person team based in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Manitoba. The First Casualty uses the anonymous and candid testimonies of 126 woman abuse survivors and military members to present an inside look at woman abuse in Canadian military communities. This is the first ethnography on this subject anywhere in the world. The First Casualty shows how specific aspects of military culture contribute to woman abuse, keep it secret, and often protect its perpetrators.


No Place for AbuseNo Place for Abuse:  Biblical and Practical Resources to Counteract Domestic Violence

Publication Date: 2001

Authors: Catherine Clark Kroeger and Nancy Nason-Clark

Publisher: InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL

Domestic violence is a leading cause of injury and death to women worldwide.  The church is not immune.  Representing the International Task Force on Abuse, American Catherine Clark Kroeger, a biblical scholar, and Canadian Nancy Nason-Clark, a sociologist at the University of New Brunswick, have listened to the voices of women from around the world and especially to those within the church.  In this book, they help us hear their cries and find concrete ways to respond so that no home will be a place of abuse.


The Battered WifeThe Battered Wife: How Christians Confront Family Violence

Publication Date: 1997

Author: Nancy Nason-Clark

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

Launched jointly by the Faculty of Arts and the MMFC, The Battered Wife was the first book to emerge from research conducted within the MMFC at the University of New Brunswick.  It details how scores of Christian homes have become modern-day gardens of Gethsemane where women have been betrayed by someone beloved and trusted.  Nason-Clark’s research team conducted studies across Atlantic Canada and in this book their research comes to life with stories of pain and stories of hope.  Ultimately this book challenges clergy and others concerned about spirituality and religion in the modern world to take a serious look at what happens in faith communities and to consider the role of the spiritual in offering help to families impacted by violence.