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Homicide: The Hidden Victims

Homicide: The Hidden Victims
A Resource for Professionals

Volume: 20
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Victim Services

November 1997 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The author of this groundbreaking volume is not only a social scientist and victim advocate - she is also the mother of a murder victim. Deborah Spungen illustrates how and why family members become co-victims when a loved one is murdered, and she poignantly addresses the emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological effects of such traumatic events. These `invisible victims' often find their wounds compounded by confusion and a sense of aloneness in the aftermath of such a tragic event.

The author draws on research, personal insight and case examples to illuminate critical issues that surround: family notification of a loved one's murder; effects of murder on family and friends of the victim; media influences; traumatic grief; circumstantial influences; the criminal justice system; and reconstruction and healing. The book will be invaluable for mental health practitioners and victim advocates.

Making Known the Hidden

The Dynamics of Murder
Traumatic Grief
A New Model

Murder and the Family System
Circumstantial Influences
Death Notification
The Long-term Impact

Interventions and Advocacy
Justice for All
Do Co-Victims Have Legal Rights?

Facing the Media
Reconstructing a New Life
Endings and Beginnings


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