The Rape Crisis Intervention Handbook

A Guide for Victim Care

  • Sharon L. McCombie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Myths and Realities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Catherine H. Morrison
      Pages 3-16
    3. A. Nicholas Groth, H. Jean Birnbaum
      Pages 17-26
    4. Ann Wolbert Burgess, Lynda Lytle Holmstrom
      Pages 27-42
  3. The Hospital Emergency Room

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-42
    2. Barbara Schuler Gilmore, Janet Weeks Evans
      Pages 43-58
    3. Henry Klapholz
      Pages 59-66
  4. The Legal System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-68
    2. Peter J. Murphy III
      Pages 69-78
    3. Alice E. Richmond
      Pages 79-95
  5. Psychological Overview of Rape Trauma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-120
    2. Ellen L. Bassuk
      Pages 121-129
    3. Malkah T. Notman, Carol C. Nadelson
      Pages 131-142
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 120-120
  6. Psychological Intervention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-144
    2. Sharon L. McCombie, Judith H. Arons
      Pages 145-171
    3. Daniel Silverman, Sharon L. McCombie
      Pages 173-181
  7. Special Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-184
    2. Renee S. Tankenoff Brant
      Pages 185-192
    3. Daniel Silverman
      Pages 193-198
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 199-235

About this book


This handbook is intended to be a comprehensive resource for those in­ volved in providing crisis intervention to rape victims. The medical, legal, and counseling needs of the rape victim are presented to prepare helping professionals to offer sensitive and skillful assistance to women who have suffered sexual assault. The interdisciplinary thrust of the book reflects our conviction that health professionals, police, and prosecuting attorneys must share their expertise and coordinate their efforts in order to successfully meet the multiple needs of rape victims and their families. While an exten­ sive literature on rape has developed in the past decade, to the best of our knowledge there is no single source for the practical treatment-oriented information sought by those who work directly with victims. The primary objective of this book is to offer just such a guide to service providers. The book is organized into sections that deal with a specific area of the treatment of victims. Detailed guidelines are provided for the nursing, med­ ical, counseling, police, and legal services involved in comprehensive crisis intervention. Interdisciplinary teaming and the emotional impact of rape on service providers are discussed by authors actively involved in rape crisis work. Rape laws are explained and court preparation for victim-witnesses is carefully outlined. Of particular relevance to counselors is an overview of crisis theory and a psychodynamic perspective on rape trauma.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sharon L. McCombie
    • 1
  1. 1.Rape Crisis Intervention ProgramBeth Israel HospitalBostonUSA

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