Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 60, Issue 6, pp 809-855

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Intimate Violence Against Women: Trajectories for Pastoral Care in a New Millennium

  • Pamela Cooper-WhiteAffiliated withBen G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling, Columbia Theological Seminary Email author 

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This article reviews progress made in the theory and practice of pastoral care and counseling with regard to the issue of intimate violence against women since the 1970’s. It includes a comprehensive survey of sociological, psychological, and pastoral literature, and a summary of research on teaching about domestic violence in mainline Protestant seminaries. Social and theological themes, including gender, power, and social and political context, and the challenges of justice-making are traced historically. The article concludes with new recommendations for churches, pastoral caregivers, counselors, and theologians.


Intimate partner violence Domestic violence Abuse Pastoral Care Pastoral Counseling Literature review Women Christian counseling