The Bible is silent on the issue of spousal abuse as a reason for
divorce, although it is obvious that God expects us to love one another and to
submit to one another in love (John
13:34, Ephesians 5:21). Physical violence is illegal and should
not be tolerated by anyone. No one should have to live in an unsafe environment,
whether it involves a family member, friend, employer, caregiver, or stranger.
Physical abuse is against the law, and the authorities should be the first ones
contacted if this occurs.