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A Handbook for Survivors, with a Christian perspective

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The inspiration to publish this handbook came from Restored's online Survivors’ Network as it became clear that survivors of domestic abuse were facing very similar challenges yet there were no comprehensive resources to signpost them to. 

This outstanding resource is aimed at supporting survivors on their journey to recovery. It has been written with a particular emphasis for Christian women who can sometimes feel like they need to choose between their faith and their freedom because we believe it's possible to have both.

The handbook has contributions from 14 authors, each a specialist in their field. They include Louisa Whitney, a specialist in family law, Professor Ally Kern, who specialises in relating theology to survivors of domestic abuse, and Betsy de Thierry, CEO of the Trauma Recovery Centre.

Many sections apply to any survivor of abuse whatever their faith background, but the final section is aimed at helping Christians to navigate some common questions about faith. The handbook is divided into three themes: 

  • managing the practical realities after leaving an abuser 
  • healing and recovery after leaving an abuser 
  • theological issues relating to domestic abuse

Included in the wide range of helpful subjects are chapters on security, protective orders, supporting children, financial and career planning, managing physical and mental health, healing, as well as a section on what the Bible says about domestic abuse, divorce, justice and forgiveness.

If you are a survivor of domestic abuse we would love to send you a free copy; just fill out the form below.

If you are not a survivor but would like to purchase a copy, you can do that here.

If it is not safe to send to your home, we can send it to a friend's house.