Hope is defined as a feeling that what is wanted will happen; desire accompanied by expectation. It also means to trust or rely, to want and expect. It is a feeling and an action.
Free is defined as not under control of some other person of some arbitrary (dictatorial) power; able to act or think without compulsion or arbitrary restriction; able to move in any direction, not held, as in chains; clear of obstructions; open to all. It means to release from bondage or arbitrary power, authority or obligation; to clear of obstruction or entanglement; without cost or payment.
The hope of abuse victims is bound by chains. Some of these chains are forged by their abuser; they are lies, words and actions meant to keep the victim under the abuser’s control. Some of the chains are forged by well-meaning friends who truly want the best for the victim, but don’t understand the dynamics of abuse. Other chains have been formed by the Church, whether intentionally or not, when Scripture has been taken out of context, misinterpreted and used to create doctrines that contribute to, and sometimes promote, abuse. And the victim herself even makes some of these chains herself or wraps the other chains around her more tightly – out of fear for the future and the unknown, or fear of the past.
How can we be part of freeing hope? What can we do to bring domestic abuse to an end, at least for one person at a time? The aim of this website is to do just that, through blog entries, resources, and answering questions. May no one living in abuse do so for one more day!