Community services for people affected by violence: An exploration and categorization

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Summary: In this article we explore the extent of services offered by voluntary community groups in Northern Ireland 10 years after the ceasefires. Findings: People who have been exposed to community violence and related traumatic life-events often require help in coping with the effects of these experiences. While many people rely on family and friends for support and few require in-depth professional social work and therapeutic help, there is an increasing reliance on community services. Community services now offer a range of services from informal self-help groups, befriending, complementary therapies, respite, narrative work, to psychological therapy. Application: We explore how these services are organized, who is using them, how they can be categorized, and finally we suggest minimum standards for good practice. Copyright © 2008 Sage Publications.




Dillenburger, K., Akhonzada, R., & Fargas, M. (2008). Community services for people affected by violence: An exploration and categorization. Journal of Social Work, 8(1), 7–27.

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