Attending a marriage conference like FamilyLife Canada’s Weekend Getaway is hugely beneficial for many couples. However, for those experiencing incredibly damaging issues, especially where personal safety may be in jeopardy, a conference is not the solution.
The reality is that addiction, adultery and abuse continue to devastate many marriages in Canada. While upholding a sacred view of marriage, we must never turn a blind eye to situations where one spouse continues to engage in or deny their destructive behaviour.
It is not loving or helpful to tell a victimized spouse to endure an abusive situation. It is not acceptable to say or even imply that they are to blame or responsible to fix the relationship.
Intervention and professional help is needed to determine the best course of action in these situations. An outside party can help to establish the accountability and the protective boundaries couples need if repair and healing are to occur.
If any of these issues have been part of your story and you’re already getting help, we are here to support you in your journey. If things are still hidden, we urge you to get help today.
We urge you to confide in a family member, a close friend, a spiritual mentor you trust or in a professional counselor. Please also see our list of recommended counsellors across Canada and the list of articles and resources below.