Victims' rights, victims' expectations, and law enforcement workers' constraints in cases of murder

Author(s)Goodrum, Sarah
Title Victims' rights, victims' expectations, and law enforcement workers' constraints in cases of murder
Source Law & Social Inquiry, Summer 2007, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p725-757, 33p
Date 2007
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary The purpose of this study is to use the symbolic interactionist perspective to examine victims' experiences with law enforcement workers, with a focus on bereaved victims. The data for the study came from in-depth interviews with 32 bereaved victims, seven law enforcement workers, including detectives and counsellors, and three advocates. The findings indicated conflicts between the different interpretations and opposing viewpoints of the bereaved victims and law enforcement workers. For example, conflict about viewing the deceased body and conflicts over the flow of information were frequent. Underlying the struggle was the issue of power, an issue that emerges repeatedly in research on all types of victims. The article concludes by suggesting the need for several major changes in the rights and services granted to bereaved victims.
Keywords Criminal justice system; victims rights; compensation; victim impact statements; experiences
Topic Victims rights