Drawing on a wealth of local, national and international sources, unpublished documents and original research, this book provides a theoretical and practical critique of victimology.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
Conclusion: Questions for Policy?
The latter chapters of this book have been largely pessimistic in their critical evaluation of the likely success of recent initiatives within the policy domain with respect to victims of crime, but we retain the view that alternative/or additional policy possibilities have yet to be fully explored. The purpose of this chapter is to map the contours of such possibilities in relation to both policy and practice. First it may be useful to summarize, briefly, what the current experience of the criminal justice system might be like for the victim of crime.
In offering this summary the first difficulty we face is defining what is meant by the victim of crime. As Chapter ...