Ally Kern Speaks about “The Exile of Abuse”

October 12, 2017

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), and here on Christian Feminism Today we are featuring a variety of links about this important topic.

One her website, professor and social justice activist, Ally Kern, describes the goal of her work:

“…to see the global Christian church equipped and mobilized to end gender-based violence and empower women to heal and flourish.”

Today we are sharing a video of a presentation she gave at Fuller Theological Seminary.



Dr. Christy Sim
Dr. Christy Sim is the Executive Director of Stronger Than Espresso, an organization that designs and provides healing tools for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She previously spent two years as the Accreditation and Technical Assistance Coordinator at the Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) where she worked with 29 domestic violence and sexual assault programs helping enable a standard of trauma-informed care. She graduated August of 2014 with a doctorate in Global Health and Wholeness with her main area of emphasis and research in healing after Domestic Violence from St. Paul’s School of Theology. Her dissertation was titled: "Body, Theology, and Intimate Partner Violence: Healing Fragmentation through Spiritual Play." Sim has over 400 hours of additional training in domestic violence, sexual assault, legal and forensic implications of violence, the neurobiology of trauma, trauma-informed care, gender, and developing a community’s response to violence. Sim currently sits on the Institutional Review Board for Claremont School of Theology where she assesses care for vulnerable populations being researched by PhD and Masters Students. She holds an M.Div from Nazarene Theological Seminary. She has a chapter, “Celebration of Strength” in the book Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank about Faith (Eds. Lane and Okoro; White Cloud Press, 2013). Sim is active publishing online with Christian Feminism Today and Evangelicals for Social Action on how faith communities can respond to violence in healthy ways. Her recent paper presentations include “The Dehumanization of Abuse” at a conference on domestic violence in British Columbia. In the academic world, Sim has taught several courses for Friends University (Wichita, KS), including: Imagining Healing for Violence & Poverty, a basic Introduction to Ethics Class, and Philosophy. She has volunteered with various organizations to teach courses on ‘surviving violence’ and ‘self-care towards healing,’ created from her doctoral research and designed to help mothers with young children after the experience of violence.


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