Cumulative harm: chronicity, re-victimisation and developmental victimology

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Bryce, India. 2019. "Cumulative harm: chronicity, re-victimisation and developmental victimology." Bryce, India, Robinson, Yolande and Petherick, Wayne (ed.) Child abuse and neglect: forensic issues in evidence, impact and management. London, United Kingdom. Elsevier. pp. 151-173
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Cumulative harm: chronicity, re-victimisation and developmental victimology

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID1821
1034
Book TitleChild abuse and neglect: forensic issues in evidence, impact and management
Authors
AuthorBryce, India
EditorsBryce, India, Robinson, Yolande and Petherick, Wayne
Page Range151-173
Chapter Number9
Number of Pages23
Year2019
PublisherElsevier
Academic Press
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISBN9780128153444
9780128153451
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-815344-4.00009-X
Abstract

Research indicates the commonality of chronicity and multiplicity in childhood maltreatment experiences and the lifespan implications of these adversities (Bromfield & Higgins, 2005; Felitti et al., 1998; Edwards et al., 2003). The impact of the accumulation of adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) has been labelled ‘cumulative harm’ (Bromfield, Gillingham & Higgins, 2007). Cumulative harm is defined as 'a series or pattern of harmful events and experiences that may be historical, or ongoing, with the strong possibility of the risk factors being multiple, inter-related and co-existing over critical developmental periods' (Bromfield, Gillingham & Higgins, 2007, p.1). This chapter will explore the broad range of theoretical perspectives which construct our current understanding of cumulative harm, investigating concepts of chronicity, developmental victimology, poly-victimisation and re-victimisation. The author will highlight the pervasive impact on the individual, behaviourally, physically and psychologically, across the lifespan.

Keywordscumulative harm, chronic maltreatment, re-victimisation; developmental victimology, poly-victimisation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440902. Counselling, wellbeing and community services
440299. Criminology not elsewhere classified
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