Drawing on a wealth of local, national and international sources, unpublished documents and original research, this book provides a theoretical and practical critique of victimology. The authors outline and discuss the issues facing victims today and address the fundamental question: How can we best ensure justice for victims, while at the same time preserving the rights of defendants? The search for answers raises other key questions: What are the risks of crime and do they vary from country to country? What is the impact of crime on the victim? How are victims treated by police, welfare agencies and courts? Why have governments become interested in victims? Can we learn from the experiences of policies in other nations? H

The Place of the Victim in Non-Western Societies

The Place of the Victim in Non-Western Societies
The place of the victim in non-Western societies

Alongside the cliché that the victim is ignored within modern criminal justice systems sits another: that in some far-gone primitive utopia the interests of the victim reigned supreme. Various authors, in accepting that the victim has become ‘the Cinderella of the criminal law’ (Schafer, 1960: 8) have looked elsewhere – in the past or in present-day Third World societies – for examples of Cinderella enthroned as of right at the centre of the criminal justice stage. Thus Christie (1977) in a seminal article in which he criticized the ‘theft’ of conflict by complex organizational structures, approvingly described the courtroom processes of ‘modern’ Tanzania, where ‘victim’ and ‘offender’ held centre stage, ...

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