In Treating Secondary Victims the author builds upon a foundation of both the research literature on incest victims and families, as well as her own clinical experience to provide a conceptual framework for intervention and treatment of the non-offending mother.
One of the most important tasks for the therapist in the treatment of the mother in the incest family is to coordinate the treatment with other intervention systems that are involved with the family, especially the legal system. The point has been made earlier that the families in which children have been sexually abused are, by definition, affected by both civil and criminal justice systems. Mental health treatment is but one in an array of systems that become involved with children and families once a report has been made of suspected child sexual abuse. Consider the following example.
The Marks family consists of Charlotte Marks (age 33), Ralph Marks (age 40), Tamara Rollins (age 14), Brendon Rollins (age 10), and Eva Marks (age ...