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… schweizer-apotheke.de.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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