Victims of Violence

  • Ronnie Janoff-Bulman
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Violence is an all too common feature of modern life. Media presentations are filled with images of people hurting one another, and although much attention is given to scenes depicting violence and even to perpetrators of violence, little is given to victims (Bard & Sangrey, 1979). Violence involves physical force with the intent to harm another, and from an observer’s perspective, victims’ injuries seem best measured in terms of physical harm. The plight of the victim, in other words, is generally understood in terms of physical violation. Yet injury to victims of violence involves not only physical violation but psychological violation as well. The aftermath of violence for victims must be understood by considering threats not only to their bodily integrity but to their psychological integrity. Victims are forced to confront directly the possible loss of physical functioning and even death. They are also forced to confront directly the possible breakdown of the cognitive structures that had been so instrumental in providing psychological stability.


Physical Violation Conceptual System Violent Victimization Battered Woman Rape Victim 
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  • Ronnie Janoff-Bulman
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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