The Repeat and Revictimisation of Children

Possible Influences on Recollections for Trauma
  • Kevin D. Browne
  • Catherine E. Hamilton
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 291)


Some clinicians assert that memories of adverse childhood experiences, especially those involving severe physical and sexual victimisation, are often repressed, avoided, compartmentalised, or otherwise dissociation from conscious awareness (eg: Briere, 1992). In contrast, it has also been stated that experimental evidence for the existence of repressed memories for trauma is limited and far from convincing (Holmes, 1990; Loftus, 1993), and a recent review by Pope and Hudson (1995) claims that “present clinical evidence is insufficient to permit the conclusions that individuals can repress memories of childhood sexual abuse”. However, assuming that repression and dissociation can (and does on occasion) occur, this chapter chooses to focus on how the repeated incidents of abuse (i.e., repeat and revictimisation) may affect the likelihood of such amnesic episodes.


Sexual Abuse Child Abuse Childhood Sexual Abuse Adverse Childhood Experience Social Work Practice 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin D. Browne
    • 1
  • Catherine E. Hamilton
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Birmingham and Glenthorne Youth Treatment CentreBirminghamUK

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