This article examined hypothesized relations between Judeo-Christian religion and intimate partner violence. Given its complex and controversial nature, the following two questions were explored: (1) whether batterers selectively misinterpret scripture to justify or rationalize violence toward women, and (2) whether certain religious tenets around faith, the nature of marriage, the role of women and men, obedience, forgiveness, and salvation constrict and inevitably bind women to abusive relationships? An integrative literature review was employed to draw inferences among male patriarchy, religious scripture, and intimate partner violence. Overall, the findings are twofold: (1) elements of male patriarchy are included in much of Judeo-Christian scripture, and (2) some abusers rely on literal interpretations of select scripture to rationalize and defend violence toward their partners. The implications of these findings are discussed in terms that advocate and promote mutual submission in marriage.
Ross, Lee E.
"Religion and Intimate Partner Violence: A Double-Edge Sword?,"
Catalyst: A Social Justice Forum:
3, Article 1.
Available at: http://trace.tennessee.edu/catalyst/vol2/iss3/1