Original Research - Special Collection: Josephus and the New Testament - Kampen Symposium

The impact of spousal violence on the children: A pastoral care approach

Luvuyo G. Sifo, Maake J. Masango
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 2 | a2044 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i2.2044 | © 2014 Luvuyo G. Sifo, Maake J. Masango | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 August 2013 | Published: 18 July 2014

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Luvuyo G. Sifo, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Maake J. Masango, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

This article investigates the impact of spousal violence on children. Spousal violence in the home affects children negatively and its impact goes beyond their childhood years into adulthood. Some children become dysfunctional in life as a result of their exposure to violence between their parents. These children may exhibit symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) later on in life. A case study of a family exposed to violence was undertaken. Findings from this case scenario were measured against existing literature. A pastoral care method of responding to the victims is proposed in order for them to be healed.

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