The struggle for 'ownership of conflict': An exploration of victim participation and voice in the criminal justice system

Author(s)Englebrecht, Christine M.
Title The struggle for 'ownership of conflict': An exploration of victim participation and voice in the criminal justice system
Source Criminal Justice Review; Vol 36 (2), 2011, pp129-151
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study builds on previous research and explores how those working in the criminal justice system and victims themselves regard victim participation. The study was part of a larger study involving families of homicide victims who gave victim impact statements in courts on New York State. One of the findings from the study was the different view of prosecutors and advocates. Prosecutors were concerned with meeting crime victims but then were likely to seek to contain their views whereas advocates wanted a more pronounced role for crime victims. The study also examined the purpose and role of victim advocates. It was suggested that future research is needed to examine the impact of participation on long-term recovery for crime victims.
Keywords Victim participation; prosecutors; advocates; role; victim's voice.
Topic Victims needs; Criminal Justice System