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“Putting the pieces back together again: Narrative therapy and ideas of restoration in working together with victims of crimes of violence. “

Howard, Jo
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Paper presented at the Restoration for Victims of Crime Conference. Australian Institute of Criminology and Victims Referral and Assistance Service. Melbourne

Having worked therapeutically with victims of violent crime, the authors maintain that a narrative approach can be restorative for such victims. To demonstrate this, the authors describe its benefits in the therapeutic relationship. Furthermore, with respect to the value of narrative therapy, the authors discuss the effects of the criminal act, personal agency of the client, externalizing the problem, and dominant discourses (the story or stories wherein we frame our actions, identities, and so forth).


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