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Massive Trauma And The Healing Role Of Reparative Justice

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Emphasising the need for a multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary, integrative framework for understanding massive trauma and its aftermath, this chapter examines victims/survivors' experiences from the psychological perspective. It describes how victims are affected by mass atrocities, their reactions, concerns and needs. Delineating necessary elements in the recovery processes from the victims' point of view, the chapter focuses in particular on those elements of healing that are related to justice processes and victims' experiences of such processes. Although not sufficient in itself, reparative justice is nonetheless an important, if not necessary, component among the healing processes. Missed opportunities and negative experiences will be examined as a means to better understand the critical junctures of the trial and victims' role within the process that can, if conducted optimally, lead to opportunities for healing.

Keywords: healing process; massive trauma; reparative justice; survivors guilt



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