Pastoral Care in the Trauma of Gender Violence
The term “gender violence” expresses the notion that violence often serves to maintain structural gender inequalities and unequal power relationships. Gender violence destroys self-esteem and initiates negative trauma responses. Cases of gender violence are increasing and have been documented in Zimbabwe and most African countries. When violence happens, people often turn to spiritual advisors for help. This chapter discusses the pastoral care aspects of the trauma of gender violence. There is a need for care that promotes recovery, whenever children and adults experience traumatic events. Survivors use various mechanisms to cope with the impact of gender violence and need various care options. The chapter explores diverse aspects of pastoral care that may be used to help people recover from trauma.
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