Religion, Gender, and Family Violence

When Prayers Are Not Enough


The chapters of Religion, Gender, and Family Violence: When Prayers Are Not Enough have been written from multiple disciplinary perspectives (sociology, religious studies, law) and based on research within diverse religious traditions including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, as well as new religious movements. Similarities and differences between traditions are highlighted based on empirical research which shows how people actually deal with family violence in different contexts. This book also addresses some of the larger historical and political backgrounds that impact the experiences of family violence amongst ethno-religious minorities. The lives of religious victims and perpetrators of family violence are considered, as well as the responsibilities of religious leaders, congregations and secular professionals in addressing this widespread social problem.

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Catherine Holtmann, Ph.D. (2013) is Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of New Brunswick and the Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and is co-author of Religion and Intimate Partner Violence: Understanding the Challenges and Proposing Solutions (Oxford, 2018).

Nancy Nason-Clark, Ph.D. (1984) is retired Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of New Brunswick. She is the author or editor of ten books, including Men Who Batter (Oxford University Press, 2015) which she co-authored with Barbara Fisher-Townsend and Religion and Intimate Partner Violence: Understanding the Challenges and Proposing Solutions (Oxford, 2018) which she co-authored with Fisher-Townsend, Holtmann and Steve McMullin.

Contributors are: Barbara Fisher-Townsend, Pascale Fournier, Catherine Holtmann, Eve Laoun, Yael Machtinger, Farah Malek-Bakouche, Steve McMullin, Nancy Nason-Clark, Susan Nunn, Susan Palmer, Emma Robinson, Jolyne Roy, Victoria Snyers.
"Studies of the intersection of family/partner violence and religion remain in short supply. This volume is an important addition to the field. It should be read by clergy and religious leaders who want to learn more about family violence and by anti-violence advocates who want to better serve diverse populations. It should be included in libraries of universities that support research into this critical area."
- V. Jacquette Rhoades, University of Indianapolis, Reading Religion, September 2018.
Notes on Contributors
Catherine Holtmann

Part 1: Issues in the Research on Religion and Family Violence

1 Clergy, Congregations, and the Response to Domestic Violence in Families
Steve McMullin
2 Who Cares? Religious Immigrant Women, Social Networks, and Family Violence
Catherine Holtmann
3 “The Kingdom of Heaven Belongs to Such as These”: Corporal Punishment and the Move Towards Non-Violent Discipline in Christian Parenting
Susan Nunn and Emma Robinson
4 Responding to Unique Lived Realities: The Role of Intersectional Complexities in Shelter Experiences
Jolyne H. Roy

Part 2: Religious Perpetrators of Family Violence

5 Portraying the Violence of Men through the Beauty of Stained Glass
Nancy Nason-Clark
6 Aboriginal Men, Violence, and Spirituality: “A big part of who we are is the spiritual part”
Barbara Fisher-Townsend
7 “Guru Pedophiles”, Neo-Polygamists, and Predatory Prophets: Exploring the Sex Scandals and Abuse Allegations concerning “Cults”/ nrm s, 1993–2017
Susan J. Palmer

Part 3: Family Violence, Religion, and Legal Pluralism

8 The Legal Status of Muslim Women in Israel Undergoing the Experience of Divorce : Static or Dynamic?
Pascale Fournier and Victoria Snyers
9 The State, the Household, and Religious Divorce in Lebanon: Women’s Everyday Struggles
Pascale Fournier, Farah Malek-Bakouche, Eve Laoun
10 In the Name of God? ‘Get’ Refusal as Domestic Abuse
Yael Machtinger

Nancy Nason-Clark
This work will be of interest to scholars in religious studies, socio-legal studies, sociology, and theology as well as community professionals.
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