Outsiders inside: victim management in an era of participatory reforms

 
Author(s)Erez Edna, Julie L. Globokar and Peter R Ibarra
Title Outsiders inside: victim management in an era of participatory reforms
Source International Review of Victimology,2014, Vol. 20, No 1,  pp. 169-188
Date 2014
Document type Journal article
Coverage United States
Summary The article discusses the role of victims within the adversarial system over time and how court professionals heavily influence victim participation and inclusion levels. In depth interviews were conducted with 36 legal and allied professionals and 7 victim turned activists. The questions were based on the recent reforms of legislation which promotes and expand a victim's inclusion rights in legal proceedings. From the information gathered through the interviews, the research goes on to discuss the four related strategies that are used to manage victim involvement (demystification, management of emotions, victim shielding and strategic exclusion) and the limits to their effectiveness. The research concludes by addressing future implications in relation to theory and policy for victim participation with the adversarial legal system. 
Keywords Adversarial proceedings; impression management; interaction strategies; victim emotion; victim management; victim participatory reforms
Topic

Criminal justice system