In our work with domestic violence, faith communities, and survivors who experience family abuse in a faith based setting, one common religious discussion involves the wife’s “responsibility” in her marriage. While most of us feel that this should have little affect on her safety, many females seeking safety from abuse feel an obligation to “submit to their husbands” and stay in the relationship. Sadly, there are also leaders within congregations who claim that their husbands are “heads” of the family, encouraging the women to return to their abuser.
One example that comes to mind is the discussion involving Candace Cameron Bure’s “submission to her husband” while appearing and performing on Dancing with the Stars. To read more visit Huffington Post site