Interviewing women bereaved by homicide: reports of secondary victimization by the criminal justice system                

 
Author(s)Gekoski, Anna, Joanna R. Adler and Jacqueline M. Gray
Title Interviewing women bereaved by homicide: reports of secondary victimization by the criminal justice system
Source International Review of VictimologyPublished online before print July 2013, pp 1-23
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage United Kingdom
Summary This study explored the secondary victimisation experiences of co-victims of homicide by criminal justice agencies. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 women who had experienced a family member being murdered, All participants had contact with the police, with ten participants reporting feeling re-victimised or dissatisfied by the experience. Some of the reasons for the secondary victimisation are the lack of information given to them, and the insensitivity of some police officers and family liaison officers. Concerns regarding the Coroners Service centred around viewing the body. Experience of secondary victimisation in the legal system included treatment by barristers, problems with the defendant's family in court and not being allowed to show emotion in court. It is acknowledged by the authors that recent legislation such as the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime may prevent similar experiences of secondary victimization in the future. Further recommendations for reform are made, including the need to improve communication and understanding between co-victims and the criminal justice system.
Keywords Criminal justice system; secondary victimisation; support; co-victims of homicide
Topic

Criminal justice system