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Kluttig, T. Odenwald, M. Hartmann, W. (2009). Fatal Violence — from Trauma to Offence: A Case Study in Forensic Psychotherapy and Trauma Therapy with a Migrant Patient. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 18(1):42-49.

(2009). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 18(1):42-49

Fatal Violence — from Trauma to Offence: A Case Study in Forensic Psychotherapy and Trauma Therapy with a Migrant Patient

Tilman Kluttig, Michael Odenwald, Ph.D., Dipl., Psych and Werner Hartmann

That persons who are objects of violence and traumatisation become offenders themselves is a typical feature of ill-fated cycles of violence in countries torn by fierce political, ethnic, and religious conflicts. Some refugees and migrants with this background present a challenge to forensic psychotherapy when they continue such patterns of physical force and criminal behaviour in a host country like Germany, and are found to be either not responsible or of diminished responsibility for their criminal acts by reason of mental disorders or addictions. Their offences create a critical legal situation for them, since they are threatened with deportation. At the same time, their clinical condition is critical, for they were possibly subjected to traumatic experiences by authorities in their past; their cooperation in the treatment can seriously affect their legal status. Finding a way out of these complications has to take these special factors into account. Our paper focuses on the case study of a refugee from North Africa, illustrating a model of cooperation in forensic inpatient treatment, special trauma therapy (narrative exposure therapy), and expert testimony.

(Received 7 October 2008; accepted 24 November 2008)

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