n HTS : Theological Studies - The impact of spousal violence on the children : a pastoral care approach : original research

Volume 70, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



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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