Community services for people affected by violence: an exploration and categorization.

K Dillenburger, R Akhonzada, M Fargas

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJournal of Social Work
Place of PublicationSchool of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen's University, Belfast, 6 College Park Belfast BT7 1LP, Northern Ireland, UK;
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)1468-01731741-296X
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

Publication series

NameJournal of Social Work


  • Community Mental Health Services -- Northern Irela
  • Community Violence
  • Counseling
  • Female
  • Funding Source
  • Human
  • Male
  • Northern Ireland
  • Pilot Studies
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychotherapy, Group
  • Questionnaires
  • Respite Care
  • Social Work
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Support Groups
  • Support, Psychosocial
  • Surveys
  • Survivors -- Northern Ireland
  • Victims -- Northern Ireland


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