How Can We Help Victims of Trauma and Abuse?:

Stephen Williams

Lexham Press

How you can support survivors with the hope of Christ.

Chances are that you know someone who has experienced trauma—or you’ve experienced it yourself. So how can you respond wisely, carefully, and helpfully?

In How Can We Help Victims of Trauma and Abuse?, Stephen N. Williams and Susan L. Williams draw on their expertise in theology and counseling to equip you. A truly useful response must be informed, not just well-intentioned. Before we can aid in recovery, we must gain a deeper understanding of trauma’s emotional and spiritual implications. Discover how Christ is the light and life that defeats darkness and death.


Stephen Williams

Stephen N. Williams (PhD Yale University) is Honorary Professor of Theology at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Senior Research Fellow with the Creation Project. His recent publications include Revelation and Reconciliation: a Window on Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 1996), The Shadow of the Antichrist: Nietzsche’s Critique of Christianity (Baker Academic, 2006), and The Election of Grace: A Riddle without a Resolution? (Eerdmans, 2015).


Profound, insightful, compassionate, and practical. This book weaves together the latest scientific and professional knowledge about psychological trauma and abuse with deep theological and pastoral wisdom. The complementary backgrounds of the authors provide a unique, cohesive, and authentically Christian perspective on these critically important topics. Essential reading for pastors and Christian lay-people who wish to support the many victims of abuse within our congregations.

John Wyatt, Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Pediatrics, University College, London; president of the Christian Medical Fellowship

These two authors, deeply immersed in trauma counselling and theology, have accomplished a task which few would attempt. They have given us an in-depth analysis of the emotional, physical, relational, and psychospiritual impacts of trauma in the lives of those wounded by it, written from a Christian framework of understanding. It is brilliant. Meticulously researched and imbued with experiential and reflective wisdom, their writing cuts new ground in probing the distortions caused by trauma in people’s experiences of reality. It also offers challenges to the church to deepen its own response to victims of abuse and trauma, and even further, to seek for itself a more open, receptive relationship with the God who heals.

Elaine Storkey, author Scars Across Humanity

This is a well-written, well-documented, and very important book on a major concern in society and the church today. Abuse and trauma are nothing new, of course, but they have become rampant. This book can help the church understand and become active in helping those who are victims of this very heartbreaking epidemic. The authors masterfully combine the empirical, scientific, statistical, and clinical data with careful articulation of biblical and theological truth about the realities of life as fallen and corrupt people in a fallen and corrupt world.

Richard E. Averbeck, professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School