Drawing on a wealth of local, national and international sources, unpublished documents and original research, this book provides a theoretical and practical critique of victimology.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
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 ...