Drawing on a wealth of local, national and international sources, unpublished documents and original research, this book provides a theoretical and practical critique of victimology.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
Immediate Help for the Victims of Crime
The effects of crime may be long-lasting, but the evidence shows that for most victims the initial impact is the greatest. What happens then – how different agencies and their representatives react to the immediate crime situation – is of crucial importance in underpinning victims' experiences. The first focal point here is the role of the police. This is partly because the police are usually the first official agency to be notified and to become involved, and partly because where the police are not involved it is relatively unlikely that any other agency will be drawn in. There are of course exceptions to this. Victims of violence may, for example, go to ...