The Integration of Healing Rituals in Group Treatment for Women Survivors of Domestic Violence

  title={The Integration of Healing Rituals in Group Treatment for Women Survivors of Domestic Violence},
  author={Karen Neuman Allen and Danielle F. Wozniak},
  journal={Social Work in Mental Health},
  pages={52 - 68}
This article describes a therapeutic group for domestic violence survivors that incorporated healing rituals and rites of passage to help participants move past a “liminal” state in which their social identity and personal narratives continue to be characterized by the abuse experience. Through the creation and use of healing rituals, blessings, poetry, art, and music, the women in the group establish “communitas” and support each other in the work of self-reclamation and healing. The group… 
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