Can money symbolize acknowledgment? How victims' relatives perceive monetary awards for their emotional harm

 
Author(s)Hulst, Liesbeth and Arno J. Akkermans
Title Can money symbolize acknowledgment? How victims' relatives perceive monetary awards for their emotional harm
Source Psychological Injury and Law,December 2011, Vol. 4, Issue. 3-4, pp245-262
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage The Netherlands and Belgium
URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12207-011-9110-7
Summary This research was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Justice. In a large-scale quantitative study, Dutch secondary victims were asked about their views on a proposed law that would give them the right to monetary award for their emotional harm and in the second study qualitative interviews were conducted with close relatives of victims in Belgium, who had actually received monetary awards under Belgium law. The results of both the quantitative and qualitative empirical studies indicated that the vast majority of secondary victims regard the offering of a monetary award for emotional harm as a positive response to a death or severe injury. The results suggested that the monetary award was perceived as meeting the emotional needs of the secondary victims and can, for example, be interpreted as an acknowledgement of responsibility by the government.
Keywords Compensation; secondary victims; acknowledgment
Topic

Compensation