n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - An empirical investigation into the experience of farm attacks in the South African farming community

Volume 18, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The issue of farm attacks is a real threat to South African society. It can be regarded as a complex matter, seeing that so many parties are involved. Farm attacks are mostly of a violent nature and victims are traumatised at all levels of functioning. This study investigated the nature of the trauma experience and needs of victims of farm attacks. Various issues such as the nature of the attack, the experienced loss, the effect of the trauma, feelings when recalling the attack, and support and therapeutic services were investigated.

Participants were also requested to name some of the issues that they would like to be included in a trauma-counselling programme. The conclusion was reached that all victims of farm attacks should receive assistance and participate in a trauma-counselling programme. These empirical issues, together with a literature study of the topic, should lead to the development of a full-scale trauma-counselling programme. In this manner, the highest level of psychosocial functioning possible for victims of farm attacks can be attained.

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