Understanding victim support as crime prevention work: The construction of young victims and villains in the dominant crime victim discourse in Sweden

 

 
Author(s)Lofstrand, Cecilia
Title Understanding victim support as crime prevention work: The construction of young victims and villains in the dominant crime victim discourse in Sweden
Source Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 2009, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p120-143
Date 2009
Document type Journal article
Coverage Sweden
Summary This article explores the idea of support to young crime victims being a form of crime prevention work. A key observation that is examined is that in the context of the support work the representations of the young victim and the young villain form mutually necessary counterparts. The study was based on 20 semi-structured interviews with professional support workers and young crime victims. Questions explored include: how do the support workers and youths talk about their problems and needs; what does victim support mean for both groups; and what client images are characteristic of the victim support. One concept examined was that becoming a crime victim was looked upon as a possible start of a criminal career. One of the conclusions from the study is that emotion management for young crime victims is considered vital in crime prevention work.
Keywords Young crime victim; children; crime prevention; rehabilitation; support; criminology
Topic

Children