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Chapter 7: Developing an Appreciation of the Victim: Looking to ‘Eastern Europe’

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Developing an Appreciation of the Victim: Looking to ‘Eastern Europe’
Developing an appreciation of the victim: Looking to ‘Eastern Europe’

In March 1991 the first East–West Conference on Victimology was held in Warsaw. This conference, organized with the support of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Foundation for Assisting Victims of Crime, was small by European standards. Attended by around 40 people, mostly from Eastern Europe and with a smattering of UK delegates, it represented the opening of a dialogue, which prior to 1989 was, to say the least, difficult. The changes which have occurred in the political map of Eastern Europe during the late 1980s, however, have consequences other than merely facilitating the exchange of ideas at conferences. These changes constitute a fundamental challenge ...

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