Bones Heal Faster : Spousal Abuse in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
Family violence always has been of some societal concern, but public acknowledgment in the US was rare until about 1960. Feminist geographer Joni Seager calls domestic violence "the most ubiquitous constant in women's lives around the world. As public discourse about domestic violence rose with the feminist movement, it also became a matter of increasing concern to religious leaders, as well as to social organizations and civil governments. Latter-Day Saints (LDS) general authorities have expressed rising concern about abuse in LDS families, with public pronouncements reaching a crescendo during Pres Gordon B Hinckley's administration. Here, Day examines spousal abuse in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.