Battered Women

Lovely Dovile Gibson

If you haven’t read my book, then this is a spoiler alert. Don’t read on! On the other hand, if you have read my book and wonder why I wrote it, please read on.

The Preacher’s Daughters is about battered women. A natural question arises: Was I a battered woman?…No, but I lived with a violent father, who punched holes through walls and stabbed knives through doors. Before my father passed away, I confronted him about his behavior, and he apologized. Therapists say a lot of World War Two vets are depressed and that could manifest as abuse. My father never had combat duty, but he was in Air Reconnaissance; that meant he developed pictures before and after battles. Some were of concentrations camps and other atrocities. They were so horrible my mother threw the pictures away.

Fast forward….My girlfriend was a battered woman, and her mother was a battered woman. My friend stayed with her abusive husband for years. Then he beat her so badly she ended up in a hospital, but she wouldn’t turn him in. Finally, the abuse got so bad, she had a gun and she was ready to use it. Thankfully, God removed her from that horrible marriage. God not only gave her a place to live, but he gave her a job in ministry.

Here are statistics:

  • Police respond to more calls for domestic violence than any other call.*
  • If a couple doesn’t get help, the violence gets worse.**
  • One out of every two wives is abused by her husband.***

I wrote The Preacher’s Daughters because I wanted to give women hope. My character Kathleen Sanderson is a survivor, not a victim. There are survivor stories out there.

Today, when I look back, I miss my dad and remember the good about him.

Finally, I would like to thank PFLAG for helping me craft the character of Dovile Gibson.

Sources:

* Ask any police officer.

** Ask any therapist or police officer.

*** Congdon. Theory And Art Criticism. P.128

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