Abuse, Spouse and Child

Abuse is behavior that deliberately threatens or injures another person. It may be physical, emotional, or sexual. Some forms of physical and emotional abuse include beatings, neglect, and threats of abandonment. While it also may take varied forms, sexual abuse of another adult usually involves the use of force or intimidation to coerce sexual activity. Sexual abuse of a child, on the other hand, includes any sexual behavior between the child and someone in a position of power, trust, or control (see Child Abuse: Helps for Ecclesiastical Leaders, Salt Lake City, 1985).

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1994 Annual Conference Statement on Violence in North America

The Annual Conference of the Church of the brethren, assembled in Wichita, Kansas, this 2nd day of July, 1994, declares or concern about the increasing level of violence in our communities and countries. This violence assaults us in a wide variety of ways. It is felt in the proliferation of handguns, assaults against men, women and children, drive-by shootings, serial and multiple murders, gang warfare, and the increasing use of violence in the entertainment media, particularly television. This increased violence invades our families, our private lives, and our communities.

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