Bramsen, Rikke Holm1; Elklit, Ask4; Nielsen, Louise Hjort5
1 Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 Department of Clinical Medicine - The Department of General Psychiatry, Department of Clinical Medicine, Health, Aarhus University4 Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University5 Department of Clinical Medicine - The Department of General Psychiatry, Department of Clinical Medicine, Health, Aarhus University
Most centers for rape and sexual assault victims today build on the original principles proposed in Boston by Burgess and Holmstrom in the 1970s (Burgess & Holmstrom, 1973; Burgess, 2006). In line with technological advances, scientific developments, and societal changes, the standards of and the framework behind these centers must be assessed and developed further to accommodate the growing need for rape trauma services in Europe and worldwide. This paper describes the experiences of a public Danish center for rape victims and proposes a management model for current and future rape victim centers.
Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 2009, Vol 18, Issue 8, p. 886-905
rape victims; multidisciplinary approach; community response; Denmark