Family members may not quietly and peacefully accept what has happened...Family members have no choice--they must cooperate with the media, the police and sometimes the courts.
E.K. Rynearson, MD
Virginia Mason Medial Center
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Violent loss can result in chronic trauma symptoms.
Co-victims of violent loss are known to be at greater risk for suicidal ideation, homicide, and drug or alcohol abuse.
Violent loss may result in disconnections within the family, self-medication with drugs and alcohol, and increased aggression.
Violent loss often exposes family and friends to unwanted intrusions from media, law enforcement and their community.
AAMFT 2009 Annual Conference PTSD and Violent Death: New Ideas for Families
Connie Saindon, MFT, Founder, Clinical Director Kerry Barth, Psy.D, Program Director of the Survivors of Violent Loss Program and online Network