Drawing on a wealth of local, national and international sources, unpublished documents and original research, this book provides a theoretical and practical critique of victimology.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 Principles of a Critical Victimology
The first chapters of this book have been concerned to introduce the reader to some of the features of victimological thinking, empirical findings, and the differential development of victim services in different societies. Chapters 8 and 9 enter the realm of suggesting what kind of policy development emerges from that overview. To this end, this chapter will be concerned to draw together the threads of what might be called a ‘critical’ victimology. It will focus attention on a number of concepts considered essential to such a framework and which will inform the policy suggestions to be found in Chapter 9. To facilitate this process this chapter will, in the first instance, draw on a ...