How Christians evade the question of domestic abuse – the example of Glenda Hotton
On Sat, Jun 23, I emailed Glenda Hotton, the author of the book Help: I can’t submit to my husband!
What advice do you have for a woman who is being abused by her husband?
He blames her all the time, but it’s him who is being cruel and controlling.
Thanks, Barbara Roberts
she replied on 23/06/2012:
Good morning Barbara. I sense you are seeking material for your book. I need more information to accurately answer your question. According to your bio/blog you are an Author and obviously have been a victim of domestic abuse and now are using your experience to help others. My values and beliefs would never support abuse in any form. There are many venues of help for the abused person. I hope you find what you are looking for. Glenda Hotton MFT CDS Professor and Author.
I wrote back on 28 June:
Dear Glenda – No, I wasn’t seeking material for my book, but I might write about your work at the blog Crying Out For Justice.
Telling me that you wouldn’t support abuse in any form is really not telling me much.
I didn’t ask you whether you would support abuse in any form, I asked you what advice you would have for a woman who was being abused by her husband:– where he blames her all the time, but it is him who is being cruel and controlling.
Since you have told me: “There are many venues of help for the abused person,” I would like to know which venues of help you would recommend. And please keep you answer specific to a woman who is being abused by her husband, don’t obfuscate by using non-gendered nouns. Could you please tell me what books, websites, venues, or other resources that you would recommend for a woman who is a victim of domestic abuse?
thanks, Barbara Roberts
So far, I’ve received no reply from Glenda. I hope she gets back to me, but I’m not holding my breath.