Meeting victim needs: What is the role of victim compensation in recovery?

 
 
Author(s)Young, Marlene
Title Meeting victim needs: What is the role of victim compensation in recovery?
Source Paper presented at the National Roundtable on Victim Compensation, June 10, 2003. Washington, DC: National Center for Victims of Crime.
Date 2003
Document type Conference paper
Coverage USA
Summary This paper discusses some of the justifications or goals of compensation and the historical development of state compensation schemes. Four principle goals of compensation are discussed: social welfare, social contract; symbolic; and instrumental. The author also discusses four main needs of victims for reconstructing their lives: financial, physical, emotional and social, and puts these in the context of compensation. Financial needs become an issue for victims in terms of equity and fairness as most state compensation limit recovery to physical injury crimes but there are often major losses in fraud, burglary or motor vehicle theft. There is an examination of victim compensation as an alternative forum for justice. The author concludes by suggesting that making compensation schemes more effective needs to be considered as part of a comprehensive victim policy
Keywords Compensation; victim services; assistance; justice
Topic

Compensation