Talking violenceBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7008.816 (Published 23 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:816
- Ian Robertson, neuropsychologist
Scene: interview in the wake of a violent incident in a segregation cell in one of Britain's top six high security prisons, Long Lartin.
Characters: a young psychologist, female; a violent man, simmering and unpredictable.
P: Do you consider that there are other options to violence for dealing with your problems with other people?
VM pauses for reflection, head bowed.
VM: Ye …es.
P slowly releases her breath.
P: Goo …d, we're making progress….
VM: Yeah, like drownin' the likes of him at birth.
Sharp intake of breath by P.
P: Er … that's not quite what I had in mind.
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