Victims' experiences in the criminal justice system and their recovery from crime

                 
Author(s)Wemmers, Jo-Anne
Title Victims' experiences in the criminal justice system and their recovery from crime
Source International Review of Victimology, September 2013, Vol 19, No. 3, pp 221-223
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage Canada
Summary This study explores how victims are treated in the criminal justice system and whether their experience helps or hinders their recovery from the crime. Telephone interviews were conducted with 188 victims soon after the prosecutor receiving their case, and follow up interviews with 143 of these victims six months later. It was found that 39% of the victims had PTSD symptoms at the time of the first interview and 23% with symptoms after six months. The evaluations of the fairness of procedures as reported by the victims was found to impact on their PTSD symptoms and victims who were treated unfairly suffered more PTSD symptoms than those who felt the procedures were fair. The methodological design of the study had a number of limitations, including a low response rate, self-report by victims and the absence of a control group and the author suggests more research is needed before the results are generalised.
Keywords Procedural justice; fairness; secondary victimization
Topic

Criminal justice system