A Commentary on Religion and Domestic Violence



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Fortune, R. D. M. M., Abugideiri, S. E., & Dratch, R. M. (1). A Commentary on Religion and Domestic Violence. Al-Raida Journal, 6-16. https://doi.org/10.32380/alrj.v0i0.36


Religion is a fact of life in the United States for the vast majority of people. Whether in childhood or adulthood, most people have had some association with a faith tradition.
For some it has been positive; for others, negative. But many retain and rely on values and doctrines that they received within a faith community. Because of the extraordinary diversity within the United States, many different traditions exist among us: Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Native Americans, and many varieties of Christians including Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, Mainline Protestants, Pentecostals, and so on.One chapter cannot do justice to the richness of these many traditions. Rather, here we provide a discussion of the basic understanding of the place of religion in addressing domestic violence, illustrated through three western religious traditions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.



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