Presbyterian Church in America —Position Paper on Divorce for Abuse
In 1992, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) issued a Report on divorce and remarriage following controversy in one of its Presbyteries about divorce for domestic abuse.
For convenience, you can find links to smaller sections of the Report on their main index page.
Of historical interest is the section of the report titled "The Westminster Divines on Divorce for Physical Abuse".
It is here that I found the Puritan theologians who held the same views that I hold about 1 Cor. 7:15 allowing divorce and remarriage in cases of domestic abuse.
My opinion of the Report:
It is a matter of great regret that the PCA does not appear to be making all its pastors and elders and seminarians aware of this Report on Divorce and Remarriage.
Furthermore, the report is 'a non-binding position paper' which seems to mean that it can be ignored by PCA churches at will. I know of cases where a PCA church has dealt great injustice to victims of domestic abuse.
It is also concerning that the Report talks about domestic abuse as if 'real abuse' must be physical violence. It does not talk at all about the pattern of coercive control which so strongly typifies domestic abuse, so it neglects or downplays the impact of emotional abuse and other non-physical kinds of abuse.