Do you walk on eggshells to avoid the manipulation and control of an abusive spouse or know someone who does? No one should have to endure abuse—no one! And yet, sadly, domestic violence occurs in millions of homes each year. These Keys for Living will explain different types of abuse, why it happens, and how to establish boundaries and find safety. Discover how God’s truth provides healing and hope for survivors of abuse, and learn how to help others in your family, community, and church overcome abuse.

God desires to give you hope as you face life challenges, problems and difficult trials. The good news for us, God specializes in redemption and transformation. He takes that which was lost and restores it. He takes that which was dead and gives it life. He takes that which had no hope and rewrites its story. This is our God! As you pray today, ask God boldly to transform the thing inside you that you want to see changed forever!


Women of Faith's Keys for Living Library provides biblical hope and practical help on a variety of topics to help you overcome difficulties, grow in maturity, and move forward in life. The Keys for Living were created to help you … and help you help others. The Keys are great for personal study and growth, small group studies, and for teaching and training purposes. Go deeper in your understanding and practical application of Biblical truth.

Are You In an Abusive Relationship?

If you are in an abusive relationship, know that staying with the abuser, only to wait for the next violent episode, is not your only option. You have more than one viable choice. Safety should be paramount, for until a safe haven is found, you will not have the emotional stability or state of mind to make sound decisions concerning how to get help for your abusive situation and how to receive healing for your marriage.

People in abusive relationships adopt various ways of responding to their mates, but you need to know that you have God who not only watches over you, but who also - if you take refuge in Him - will guide you in the way you should go.

Psalm 32, verse 7, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” And in the next verse God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye upon you.”

What can you do about an abusive spouse or partner?

The sad reality is that millions suffer from an abusive spouse every year. The pain inflicted by spousal abuse, from a husband or wife, can last a long time, but healing is possible.

This type of violence and abuse impacts every age, race, gender, religion and socioeconomic background.

At its core, abuse is mistreatment. There is a great deal of fear, control, manipulation and intimidation that occur in any abusive relationship. The abuse can range from harsh language and threats to physical violence and sexual assault.

What Are the Different Types of Abuse?

  • Verbal Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse/Violence
  • Sexual Abuse/Violence

Even when reason seems skewed, the Psalms offer hope for the afflicted.


“You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending … the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.” 

Psalm 10:17-18


If you are in an abusive relationship – there is hope. We can help. Whether it’s a dating relationship, a family relationship, or you are in an abusive marriage – there are answers. We want to equip you with a free download that has helpful information to begin healing.



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If so, please choose Women of Faith's other resources on this and other relevant topics (Quick Reference Guide, Keys for Living Books and e-Books).

Grace Filled Words:

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” 

Psalm 34:18

“Your Maker is your husband— the Lord Almighty is his name.”

Isaiah 54:5

Additional Scriptures:

Psalm 4:8

1 John 3:16

For the Abused: Psalm 91

For the Abuser: Psalm 94

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