Diversionary programs in the criminal justice system and their effects on victims: a victimological perspective

Author(s)Sarre, Rick
Title Diversionary programs in the criminal justice system and
their effects on victims: a victimological perspective
Source Victims of Crime: Working Together to Improve Services Conference, Victim Support Service, Adelaide; May 25, 2000
Date 2000
Document type Conference paper
Coverage South Australia
Summary This paper provides an outline of the development of victims' rights in South Australia, and discusses the rise of diversionary options and the effect this has had on victim's issues, including rights and needs. There is discussion that specialist courts and other diversionary options were developed with offenders' interests in mind, and not that of victims. One of the main aims of diversionary programs has been to reduce recidivism. Four programs are examined in further detail: Aboriginal Court Day, family conferencing, drug courts and drug assessment and aid panels. It is suggested that the reforms in restorative justice, although not aimed at victims issues, can be beneficial for victims. In conclusion the author suggests that diversionary initiatives need to be further developed and evaluated to assess the appropriate solutions for both offenders and victims.
Keywords Specialist courts; diversionary options; victims rights; restorative justice
Topic Restorative justice


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