Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 57–64 | Cite as

A Comprehensive Conceptual Program Model for Supporting Families Surviving a Homicide Victim

  • Neil J. Vincent
  • Joy McCormack
  • Susan Johnson


The homicide of a loved one is a devastating event for families. Adult and youth survivors struggle with posttraumatic stress, complicated grief, isolation, and stigma. Existing programs serving survivors of homicide victims offer needed services, but a comprehensive program is lacking. Based on an analysis of existing programs in the United States, a literature review, and the authors’ practice experience, this paper presents a comprehensive, conceptual practice model for supporting survivors of homicide victims. The program model consists of the following components: Counseling/Therapeutic Services; Case Management Services; Advocacy Services; Education/Training; Community of Survivors; and a Website/Hotline. Implications for social work practice and directions for future research are discussed.


Homicide Survivors Co-victims PTSD Complicated grief Families 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil J. Vincent
    • 1
  • Joy McCormack
    • 2
  • Susan Johnson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Social WorkDePaul UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Chicago’s Citizens for ChangeChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Chicago SurvivorsChicagoUSA

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