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Moral Truth and Compounded Trauma: The Effects of Acquittal of Homicide Defendants on the Families of the Victims

Thiel, D (2016) 'Moral Truth and Compounded Trauma: The Effects of Acquittal of Homicide Defendants on the Families of the Victims.' Homicide Studies, 20 (3). 199 - 219. ISSN 1088-7679

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Abstract

This article examines the impact of acquittal of homicide defendants on the families of the homicide victim(s), illustrating how the families? trauma was framed and complicated by the criminal justice process. Homicide trials had particularly compounded their trauma because to manage and partially repair the shattered reality wrought by the homicide, the families were compelled to construct moral and causal narratives about the event. Yet, defense counter-narratives conflicted with those of the families, and the acquittal validated those as truth. This fractured the families? repair work, denied their claims to victimhood, and prolonged their bereavement indefinitely.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: secondary victimization, trauma, bereavement, narrative, moral truth, acknowledgment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2015 11:12
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2017 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15386

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