Domestic Violence and Abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses

When it comes to abuse cover-ups in Jehovah’s Witnesses, children are not the only ones who suffer. Women are also encouraged not to report domestic violence abuse, requiring two witnesses, just as elders counsel children who have been sexually abused by Jehovah’s Witnesses, Watchtower policies keep victims trapped. If you’re struggling with abuse in Jehovah’s Witnesses, these articles on our site and the following video “Jehovah’s Witnesses and Domestic Violence – Struggles of Jehovah’s Witness Women”  by ExJW Critical Thinker may give you some encouragement and hope.

MORE TESTIMONIES FROM JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES WHO WERE ABUSED IN THEIR MARRIAGE:

Tressa’s Story – “After much physical and emotional abuse, my marriage of twenty-two years ended in divorce, and because I was the one who filed, I was disfellowshipped from the Watchtower organization…”

Trish’s Story – “When I was 18 years old, I married a man I would remain married to for 24 years. We had 4 sons together, but I also suffered 5 miscarriages. This was not a happy marriage as there was a great deal of emotional and verbal abuse. Something the organization does not outright condone, but does nothing to combat or remedy when it does occur. Eventually, I decided any organization who wanted to support that kind of conduct didn’t need me anymore. I had to leave him. I told him that he could have custody of the religion, and I was keeping the kids!…”

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