This article is based on a pastoral base theory within the Gestalt therapeutic perspective to
guide abused persons in their utilisation of forgiveness as a source of a recovery experience.
The formation of the paradigm is based on a multidisciplinary approach, which takes place
on the interface between pastoral counselling and Gestalt therapy without the unique content
and character of pastoral care or the Gestalt therapy being lost. It appears that forgiveness,
as a source of repair experience, can guide abused persons to psychological and physical
health, positive emotions and healthy social interaction. Forgiveness can be defined as the
unconditional acceptance of God’s grace through faith, and release (surrender) of an offender
to the mercy of God. It does not deny the pain or change the past, but it breaks the cycle of
bitterness that abused people associate with the pain of the past. Through the use of forgiveness
as a coping mechanism abused people can be guided to handle unfinished business.