On the relationship between criminological research and policy: the case of the crime victims

Author(s)Sebba, Leslie
Title On the relationship between criminological research and policy: the case of the crime victims
Source Criminal Justice. Vol 1(1): 27-58. 2001, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Date 2001
Document type Journal article
Summary This article examines the relationship between research findings and policy development. There is a discussion of the relevance of criminological research to 'criminal policy' followed by some identified conceptual issues such as the methodology used in research and its limitations, the definitional problems with 'victim', and interpretation of findings. There is an analysis of research literature, which is divided into two areas, research on the needs of victims, and evaluation of programs designed to meet the needs. The author contents that policies developed around victims' rights are not usually based on research findings and policy formation is generally influenced by other factors, such as ideology and pressure groups. Research findings, if used, are often used to support policy advocated for other reasons.
Keywords Reforms; research; policy making.
Topic Victims needs