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Homicide shatters lives and communities as no other death does. Traditional approaches to grief provide support to families, but they are inadequate for the profound and complex demands of the aftermath of a murder. Like families, members of a community are often devastated when they learn someone they know has been murdered. The initial impact derails lives, replacing normal life with chaos and overwhelming demands.

Although an increased amount of attention and education has focused on the risks and vulnerabilities of crime victims, as well as ideas and research on and approaches to grief and trauma, there is less information regarding the unique aspects the crime of homicide and its trauma picture. General ideas about grief and trauma have been applied to homicide with varying degrees ...

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