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Truth and Repair

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529395006

Price: £20

ON SALE: 16th March 2023

Genre: Society & Social Sciences

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‘A magnificent and inspiring contribution with profound implications’ Bessel van der Kolk MD, author of The Body Keeps the Score

‘Celebrates survivors’ wisdom and their power to heal themselves and the world we live in’ Anita Hill

A powerful manifesto for reimagining justice, based on the testimony of trauma survivors.

The #MeToo movement brought worldwide attention to sexual violence, but while the media focused on the fates of a few notorious predators who were put on trial, we heard far less about the outcomes of those trials for the survivors of their abuse.

The conventional retributive process fails to serve most survivors because it was never designed for them. Renowned trauma expert Judith L. Herman argues that the first step toward a better form of justice is simply to ask survivors what would make things as right as possible for them. In Truth and Repair, she commits the radical act of listening to survivors. Recounting their stories, she offers an alternative vision of justice as healing for survivors and their communities. Deeply researched and compassionately told, Truth and Repair envisions a new path to justice for all.


For thirty years, every single book written about the impact of trauma has stood on the shoulders of Herman's groundbreaking book Trauma and Recovery. Now, thirty years later, we receive a bookend to that masterpiece, examining how survivors of gender-based violence seek justice and healing. Truth and Repair is a deeply researched and thought-provoking book offering hope and healing for victims of violence
Michelle Bowdler, author of IS RAPE A CRIME?
Herman's earlier studies of abuse of women and children recast our understanding of trauma. Now, in Truth and Repair, she comes full circle in describing how initially powerless victims can, through innovative social arrangements, achieve hard-won survivor justice. In the process, we learn much about what justice really means for traumatized people. Herman's perspective is deeply humane and grounded in historical and political reality. Her work stands alone in its arc and originality
Robert Jay Lifton, MD, Columbia University
This book is a revelation. With careful precision and dogged research, Herman offers us not only a diagnosis of our most pressing social ailments, but a prescription for healing. Rarely does a book offer this level of insight, hope and remedy
Rachel Louise Snyder, author of NO VISIBLE BRUISES
A compelling outline of the necessary conditions of personal and collective recovery from trauma
Kirkus Reviews
An incisive report on the links between patriarchy and gendered violence . . . The result is a scrupulous and ardent call for change
Publishers Weekly
A vital text to understanding the processes that underlay trauma, how it unfolds, what it does to victims, and several larger discussions about recovery
An intriguing exploration of alternative methods of justice for trauma survivors
Library Journal
Three decades after the publication of her foundational Trauma and Recovery, Herman brilliantly confronts us with another vital, but much ignored, aspect of recovery: social justice . . . A magnificent and inspiring contribution with profound implications for the healing professions and for society at large
Bessel van der Kolk MD, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE
Through masterful storytelling, Herman charts the course from trauma to justice and compels us to follow it. An inspiring and practical call to action, Truth and Repair celebrates survivors' wisdom and their power to heal themselves and the world we live in
Anita Hill, lawyer, educator and author
Herman has written some of the most seminal, life-changing books on violence against women. [Truth and Repair] does something even more radical. She listens to the survivors themselves and skilfully shapes their voices and wisdom into a practical and truly enlightened road map for our future. Every word rang true and essential
V (formerly Eve Ensler), playwright of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES