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Assault Victims…and their recovery

There are work injuries that are the result of assault either by coworker or by someone committing a robbery.

Husbands are the single greatest obstacle to recovery. They often feel their wife being assaulted impugned their masculinity. They have mobilized great anger, which they cannot adequately discharge. They are often blameful of those who attempt to assist their wife.

More importantly, since they cannot retaliate, they become overly, and pathologically nurturing. That is, they actually block the recovery process by reinforcing their wife_s dependency and fears.

While the husbands may have actually grown weary of their wife_s fears, nightmares, avoidant behaviors and clinginess, the husbands express their anger indirectly by emphasizing and dwelling upon the trauma_and the husbands own anger over its occurrence.

Compounding this is the fear of both husband and wife when the perpetrator has not been apprehended. They erroneously believe that perpetrators wish to _re-visit_ their victims and harm them again. There are no data to support such a fear, but it is extremely common.

I recommend that any time there is an assaulted female that her boyfriend or husband be clinically (briefly) interviewed at least once and reminded of his role in her recovery process.”

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