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The gross disparity between the routine attention paid to criminals and that paid to their victims led to the proposition that victims of major crime be treated as victims of disaster. The fresh appraisal might provide the impetus for appropriate services for them as a matter of social policy.
Six cases were mentioned in which the major factor was the pathological fear of developing various forms of mental illness or criminal behaviour that had assailed one or other of their relatives. The pathological fear had the characteristics of a particular phobia, and should be named as such as a preliminary towards psychotherapeutic treatment.
A case of reserpine withdrawal psychosis is reported. This uncommon condition is described as a true withdrawal psychosis and may be due to dopamine receptor supersensitivity.
A taxonomy of disasters is presented in which the two major axes of causes and elements are considered adequate for plotting on one grid the different kinds of disaster that occur. Then the disaster victims are differentiated into six groups according to the type of their involvement, their function, their culpability, their self control and certain… (More)
The circumstances surrounding a mass killing in New Zealand are described in conjunction with a review of a number of other similar multiple victim homicides. Due to the rare and extreme nature of such events, it is argued that they should be managed as human disasters by the professionals involved and that stress debriefing should be available for all… (More)