Controversial and critical issues with crime victims: Current research begins to reconcile the debates

Author(s)Moriarty, Laura, Roberts, Albert
Title Controversial and critical issues with crime victims: Current research begins to reconcile the debates
Source Victims & Offenders, Vol 2, Issue 2 & 3 April 2008, pp127-130.
Date 2008
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This is an introduction to a special double issue of Victims and Offenders, entitled 'Controversial and Critical Issues with Crime Victims', giving a background and an overview of the issue. The term 'critical' was chosen as victimisation can be life-threatening or deadly, and 'controversial' issues cover a broad range of topics such as the type of crime, including cyber-stalking, hazing and modern day slavery or controversial because there is a lack of knowledge around an issue. The concept of victim-offender mediation has caused some controversy, and also the debate about whether it is the function of the police to comfort victims and whether the police know how to comfort effectively and appropriately. Other controversy appears in the literature around treatment modalities with support for various types of treatment being based upon evidence-based results as well as what intuitively appears to work. The authors conclude by suggesting that the articles in this particular issue provide new research, policy analysis and program developments which can provide a foundation for the future.
Keywords Victim assistance; witness assistance; human trafficking; hazing; bullying; cyberstalking; restorative justice.
Topic Service delivery