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Chapter 4: The ‘Rebirth’ of the Victim as a Significant Actor

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The ‘Rebirth’ of the Victim as a Significant Actor
The ‘rebirth’ of the victim as a significant actor

As Chapter 3 indicated, understanding the ‘demise’ of the victim is problematic. At one level what is clear is that victims did not disappear from the criminal justice process. Without them much of the work of the criminal justice process would have (and still would) come to a halt (Shapland, 1986).

But despite their undoubted functional importance to the operation of that process, and a more positive presence in some of the legislation (Mawby and Gill, 1987) by 1945 there was no real sense in which victims of crime had a voice in the political or the policy arenas. This is not intended to imply that changes had not ...

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