Obviously, physical abuse is much more identifiable. In a situation where a person is being physically abused, any leader with their head on straight will advise them to get to safety as soon as possible.
Verbal abuse presents a lot of questions. For starters, at what point does something become verbal abuse? How should one respond?
When questioned, I have always answered by telling people that this is very case-by-case specific and requires a lot of discernment. I still believe that, and would also like to thank my friend, certified life coach Terri Yarbrough von Wood, for sharing this article. It's really helpful and provides a lot of insight not only to those who may be struggling in troubled abusive marriages, but pastors and counselors who advise them.