Narrating injustice survival: Self-medication by victims of crime

Willem de Lint, Marinella Marmo

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This book explores the role of self-medication in reflexive response to victimhood and victim recovery. Based on interviews, counsellor focus groups and a self-medication survey, it situates self-medication among the coping strategies that may be set in formal and informal networks. Victims primarily seek validation, and this book reviews self-medication with particular focus on how victim-survivors develop a variety of reflexive responses in their attempt to carve out a dignified response to victimization. Validation may be achieved through the pursuit of justice, but many victims suffer from multiple or complex victimisation, with limited social chances necessary to achieve a just outcome. Routines, beliefs and an ordered pathway distinguish a dignified identity and more or less successful recovery adaptations. This book also addresses the practical implications of the findings for support organisations
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages231
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-93494-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-93493-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Victims & Victimology


  • victim rights
  • coping strategies
  • self medication
  • Drug and alcohol problems
  • victim narratives
  • Victim Support Services


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