Victims' needs as basic human needs

Author(s)Boom, Annemarie ten and Karlijn Kuijpers
Title

Victims' needs as basic human needs

Source International Review of Victimology, May 2012, Vol. 18, No 2, p155-179
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Summary Against the backdrop of basic human needs theories presented by Maslow and Staub, the authors reviewed the needs of particular victims of crime.  It included (but was not limited to) such needs as emotional and moral support, security and protection, legal and financial assistance, and crime prevention. As a basis for this article the authors reviewed 33 research studies into the self-expressed needs of victims of crime. Most of the needs expressed by victims in the studies considered were consistent across the entire spectrum of victim types.  This appears to be particularly true for the need for information and for financial needs.  However, some victim types experienced more specific needs.  For instance, victims of domestic or family violence also experienced a need to repair their relationship with the offender or their community, and families of homicide victims uniquely experienced the need for assistance in administering victims' possessions and affairs, and in dealing with media interest. The researchers also considered the needs of victims of violent crimes and victims of property crimes, and the differences between groups of victims and gender, groups of ethnic origin.
Keywords Victim Needs, victimology, Maslow, Staub, support, assistance
Topic

Victim needs