EMDR Therapy with Victims of Violence
Donald F. deGraffenried.
Melanie was the manager of her local pub. It was a busy family venue and she regularly hosted events at the weekends including bands and family galas. The weekend had been hectic and the staff were having a good, deep clean through whilst it was quiet. They were preparing to get ready for the planned community cricket event the following weekend.
It was a Tuesday evening, custom wasn’t that busy, just a few regulars in and out and one young lad who had tried to get a drink when he was clearly underage. Melanie had asked him to leave kindly but firmly and he had gone on his merry way. Or so she thought. Locking up, Melanie had let the staff go home slightly early. As she reached up to put the bolt across the main door, she felt a hand grab her hair and pull her backwards. She watched from the ground as he had his foot across her leg, the masked perpetrator put the second bolt across the door and then turned around to her as she lay on the floor. He kicked and beat her to within an inch of her life. All the time he kept screaming at her, repeating over and over again.
‘You won’t say no to me again will you, you bitch.’
He didn’t care that Melanie was losing blood and her head was swelling dangerously, as he ransacked the tills and the charity boxes, stuffing the money in the pockets of his jeans. He was laughing and swigging from a bottle of vodka. Melanie recalled having no idea who called an ambulance or where the attacker had gone. She had been told that two local dog walkers who knew her, had seen the attacker stumbling out of the doors and knowing this wasn’t normal, they rushed in to see if everything was okay, finding her unconscious and bleeding on the floor.
Sitting with the therapist, Melanie took her time, as she recalled the events of the brutal assault five months earlier. It took a further eighteen weeks to work through the incident and work towards post traumatic growth.
For EMDR practitioners all over the world, this book is a fore runner in giving EMDR Practitioners a number of ways to use the treatment. It is specifically written for victims of violence and street crimes. As well tools and different ways of working, it also features case examples which are informative and useful for working in this area of trauma.
Sue J Daniels
MBACP & UKRC (Snr Accred)
EMDR Accredited Practitioner
Professional Counsellor &