Pastorale versorging van getraumatiseerde slagoffers van geweldmisdaad / Johannes Gideon Botha
Botha, Johannes Gideon
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South Africa, after ten years of democracy should have been a secure and peaceful place. It has however developed into a cesspool of violence. Violent crime is currently a common factor in everyday life. It is especially the severe nature of the assault and mutilation that makes violent crimes so traumatizing. The aim of this study is to identify the need for counselling of these traumatized victims of violent crimes and to design a future strategy for the possible application by pastoral counsellors and ministers to support and minister these violent crime victims. The method of approach according to which this study was done, is the practical theological model of Getz where the different perspectives was studied through lenses. From the above mentioned survey it became evident that violent crimes are still increasing and the subsequent trauma received very little attention up to now. Empirical research clearly suggested that although these victims needed pastoral counselling, they did not receive any form 293 of counselling. With the help of the pastoral counsellor these violent crime victims can overcome trauma. Pastoral counselling to the traumatized victim of violent crime is carried out by the counsellor, a called servant of God, using Scripturally founded pastoral skills in counselling, in this way creating a pastoral relationship. The aim is to lead the counselee towards growth in belief in God in order to handle this through faith. The conclusion reached after the research had been taken is that traumatized victims of violent crimes did not receive counselling from their ministers. The trauma that is caused by violent crimes has a fierce impact on victims and this research, with the aid of the pastoral model, might help victims to carry on their daily lives in honour of God.
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