Armour, Marilyn Peterson (2002), Journey of family members of homicide victims: A qualitative study of their post-homicide experience. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 72(3), 372-382
How can researchers expand understanding of needs of this vulnerable yet invincible population who have lost a loved one to death by murder?
Fourteen families, who had experience the homicide of a family member, were recruited from three sites and interviewed as families. The total number of participant was 38. The average length of time since the homicide 7.5 years (range 18 months to 23 years).
The findings support the following hypotheses:
(1) As the age of the victim increases, the level of violence used to fatally injure the infant increases; and
(2) As the level of relational intimacy decreases, the level of violence used to fatally injure the infant increases.
Qualitative interviews were conducted with the founder and Director of VIPI about the theory used to facilitate post-homicide healing. Interviews were conducted with the facilitators of the support groups after each group meeting to study how the theory was being implemented. Interviews were conducted with group members about the group experience with an emphasis on pivotal moments and/or insights responsible for change. Interviews are being transcribed for analysis
Results and Interpretation:
The result of this study begins to name the unique experience of homicide survivors. They show that death by murder is different from other death because what is otherwise private becomes a public event. Indeed, a violent death is considered a public event where the need for justice takes precedence over the needs of homicide families. Consequently, the family needs will be colored by the interface between the public response and agenda the family's needs. The results also show that homicide survivors...