For people who lose a sibling to murder, life becomes a web of cruelty, malicious intent and targeting.
So says Susan Tasker, who holds a doctorate in psychology from McMaster University and is working on a study on siblings of young homicide victims.
“The awareness of bothers and sisters as secondary victims will help (us) to understand the true costs of violent crime, and to support the need for change and policy and practice,” Tasker said in a press release.
Tasker will visit Victoria next week to speak about the findings of her research at the annual general meeting for Greater Victoria Police Victim Services. The AGM is Thursday (June 23) at the Nellie McClung library, 3750 Cedar Hill Rd. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Victim services works with police agencies across the region and provides support for victims of crime and witnesses to trauma.
For more information, visit www.gvpvs.org.