Funding for domestic violence programs and services are decreasing in some states.
These services are vital but do not absolve Christians from providing biblical, knowledgeable, and compassionate support to victims of abuse.
It is wrong to depend solely on local and state services to help those within our spheres of influence.
For many, like former pastor's wife, Susan Greenfield, author of, Would the Real Church PLEASE Stand Up!, domestic violence shelters and services play a vital part in her escape and were all she and her children had to turn to. Domestic violence counselors, instead of her "church family," were her only supporters as she navigated the terrifying minefield of domestic abuse.