Pastoral Psychology

, 60:809

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


DOI: 10.1007/s11089-011-0354-7

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Cooper-White, P. Pastoral Psychol (2011) 60: 809. doi:10.1007/s11089-011-0354-7


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 violenceDomestic violenceAbusePastoral CarePastoral CounselingLiterature reviewWomenChristian counseling

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and CounselingColumbia Theological SeminaryDecaturUSA