Bereavement as a Career


in After Homicide

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198267959
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683428 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Bereavement as a Career

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This chapter discusses the special, orderly, institutionally-imposed change that most homicide survivors experience. It shows how careers after traumatic bereavement have a dual aspect. There is not only the natural history of the psycho-social career of the relatives and friends of the victim but also the career imposed by the passage of fixed stages of the criminal justice system. The two intersect, the psycho-social developing as survivors are propelled through a series of transitions that are tightly harnessed to institutional processes in and about the criminal justice system. The chapter also considers the role played by Victim Support — the prime voluntary organization for victims in England and Wales — in the career of the individual survivor.

Keywords: grief; loss; homicide; career; criminal justice system; Victim Support

Chapter.  15272 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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