Pieces of a Puzzle

Perspectives on Child Sexual Abuse

Edited by Linda Burnside and Diane Hiebert-Murphy  

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This collection presents various “pieces” towards a comprehensive understanding of child sexual abuse and is intended for practitioners, researchers and students interested in contemporary perspectives on this issue. The volume offers a description of current Canadian research and intervention efforts on topics including treatment for child victims, understanding mothers of children who have been sexually abused, grooming patterns of offenders, a family systems approach to treatment, criminal prosecution in child sexual abuse cases and the use of community notification programs. The value of multiple perspectives and the need to work collaboratively to address the challenges of child sexual abuse are strongly emphasized. Second in the Hurting and Healing Series on intimate violence from RESOLVE and Fernwood.

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  • Foreword (Elly Danica)
  • Introduction (Diane Hiebert-Murphy and Linda Burnside)
  • Connecting the Pieces: The Family Sexual Abuse Treatment Program Experience (Linda Burnside and D. Kim Wilson)
  • It’s Not Her Fault: A Stress-Coping Approach to Understanding Mothers of Children Who Have been Sexually Abused (Diane Hiebert-Murphy and Linda Burnside)
  • Treatment For Children Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse (Rayleen V. De Luca and Alana D. Grayston)
  • Incest Does Not Just Happen: Grooming Behaviours and Processes Among Paternal Incest Offenders (Christine Kreklewetz)
  • Court Processing of Child Sexual Abuse Cases: The Winnipeg Family Violence Court Experience (Jane Ursel and Kelly Gorkoff)
  • Parental Response to Community Notification (Lisa Sutherland)
  • References


  • Linda Burnside

    Linda Burnside is a social worker and certified counselor (with the Canadian Counselling Association) who obtained her Bachelor of Social Work, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Educational Psychology, and Master of Education in Counselling degrees from the University of Manitoba. She recently completed her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Manitoba. Much of her work experience is in the field of child welfare, having worked as a child protection social worker, a therapist in sexual abuse treatment, as Assistant Program Manager with Winnipeg Child and Family Services, and as Authority Relations of Disability Programs with Manitoba Family Services and Housing.

  • Diane Hiebert-Murphy

    University of Manitoba

    Diane Hiebert-Murphy is a professor in the Faculty of Social Work and the Psychological Service Centre at the University of Manitoba.

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