About the Author(s)
Nancy Nason-Clark, PhD, is a Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. She is the author of many books, including Men Who Batter (with Barbara Fisher-Townsend; Oxford University Press), No Place for Abuse and Refuge from Abuse (both with Catherine Clark Kroeger), and The Battered Wife. She is President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Barbara Fisher-Townsend, PhD, is a retired contract academic instructor who now teaches online at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. She has co-edited (with Nancy Nason-Clark and others) several collections including Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home, Responding to Abuse in Christian Homes, and Strengthening Families and Ending Abuse and co-authored Men Who Batter (Oxford
Catherine Holtmann, PhD, is the director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. The author of many articles and book chapters, she is currently completing a text on teaching religious diversity in the classroom and an edited collection (with Nancy Nason-Clark) on Religion, Gender and Family Violence.
Stephen McMullin, PhD, is the Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain Associate Professor at Acadia Divinity College, in Canada, where he currently serves as Academic Dean. An ordained Baptist minister and author of many publications on abuse, he is currently completing research on two topics: women's lived experience in declining congregations and religious identity in a digital age.
"As a clinician and researcher who has worked with IPV in the United States, Jordan, and Latin America, I can attest to the void of professional publications that consider the immense role that religion, dogma, beliefs, and religious communities have in determining the potential survival of victims and the recovery of abusers. This book offers concrete tools and information with which to better understand and work with the dual presence of IPV and religion in our work." -- Yamile M. Marti Haidar, Affilia
"The central argument of this book is that religious organizations and secular domestic violence agencies need each other to respond effectively to intimate partner violence among people of faith...This book could also help secular academics and domestic violence advocates reframe the connection between religion and domestic violence as a cultural competency that they should understand to be successful in their work. A deep concern about the harms of abuse shines through this book, which should be read by people who care about what Traci West calls The Wounds of the Spirit." -- Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
"No one has done more to study domestic abuse, particularly among those in North American religious communities, than Nancy Nason-Clark. She and a team of expert colleagues here present the fruit of decades of wide-ranging, fair-minded, clear-eyed, and warm-hearted research. This book offers far more, however, in that it provides tested wisdom about what can be done, practically and realistically, to help everyone struggling within the awful matrices of intimate partner violence. It thus offers the best gift of all: hope-hope grounded in both empirical data and real-world activism...and, indeed, religious faith."
- John G. Stackhouse, Jr., PhD, Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies, Crandall University
"This work is more than just a report of excellent quantitative and qualitative longitudinal research. The compelling writings explore the issue of intimate partner violence through the lens of religion - an area where there is much silent suffering. The text is layered with competent solutions, based on the research, for active work by professionals healing of persons and communities. A must-have for the classroom and all people in the helping professions."
- Rev. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Ambassador and General Superintendent Emerita, The Wesleyan Church
"Ministering in a women's prison reinforces the realities and consequences of IPV for women and communities. The IPV crimes committed against women prior to prison are, for the most part, far more severe and serious than the crimes they themselves have committed. In this book, people of faith working and serving in this area of global pain will be inspired to continue. They will find invitations and resources to have awareness, to respond well, and to invest in prevention."
- Daphne Marsden, ThM, Ministry Leader, Project Esther Trust, New Zealand
"Complex problems demand comprehensive responses. Religion and Intimate Partner Violence neither minimizes the challenges of this endemic problem nor overlooks the multiple parties who must be engaged to address it: congregations and shelters, pastors and police, seminary professors and advocates. All involved would benefit from reading this book - ideally together."
- David A. Currie, PhD, MDiv, Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program & the Ockenga Institute; Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"Based on a research program extending over twenty-five years, Nancy Nason-Clark and her team offer a rich and empathetic analysis of the experiences of women of deep faith in abusive relationships, their abusers, and the people - both religious leaders and secular transition house and shelter workers - who help them. This remarkable book combines a commitment to presenting the best evidence with a passion for improving the collective response to domestic violence."
- Mary Jo Neitz, PhD, Professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Missouri
"The compassionate and nonjudgmental tone of these stories and their analysis is the real strength of this book. Religion can create problems for preventing and fighting IPV. That may be most obvious in conservative congregations whose endorsement of patriarchy or sacrifice can be misused to offer excuses for IPV. But, as the authors repeatedly point out, it is no less prevalent in more liberal congregations-and the population at large. They show that religion can be a potentially powerful tool to address IPV if pastors and congregations can be engaged in that process."
-Sociology of Religion