Psychological assistance to victims throughout difficult trials

Author(s) Combalbert, Nicholas and Vitry, Michele
Title Psychological assistance to victims throughout difficult trials
Source International Journal of Law and Psychiatry (2007) 30 p467-471
Date 2007
Document type Journal article
Coverage France
Summary This article discusses the initiatives in France involving teams of clinical psychologists who are specialised in victimology being appointed to support victims in difficult trials that have strong media coverage. The three stages of the psychologist's role are outlined: meeting with the victims; the hearing; and the trial, and some advice is given for each stage. It is suggested that the main role of the psychologist is to ensure that the victims are prepared for the various stages of the trial, acting as a guide in a transitional space. The paper concludes by suggesting future research in this area, such as assessing the effectiveness of providing psychological assistance to victims.
Keywords France; psychological assistance; psychological assistance during trials.
Topic Psychological affects and treatment