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Understanding Victims of Crime and Their Need to Deal with the Victim/Offender Trauma Bond: The 15 Elements of the Crime Victim Detour

October 30, 2009

One thing became clear; for us to find our way back to health after
encountering serious crime we needed to become our own experts in every

The exploration of the Crime Victim Detour will explain why a
violent crime has such catastrophic impact on victims and why
restorative justice will look different through the eyes of a crime

These are the issues that they need to face:

1. Story Fragmentation

2. Terror Trauma

3. Grief Displacement

4. Time/Memory Warp

5. Spiritual Crisis

6. Identity Devastation

7. Disabling Harm

8. Blame/Guilt Confusion

9.Truth Dilemma

10. Uncontrollable Rage

11. Victim/Offender Trauma Bond

12. Justice Revictimization

13. Unsatisfactory Closure

14. Recovery Controversy

15. Paralyzing Despair


Read the full paper from the International Institute for Restorative Practices Website.


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