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Victimology in transitional justice: victimhood, innocence and hierarchy

Author(s)McEvoy, Kieran and Kirsten McConnachie
Title Victimology in transitional justice: victimhood, innocence and hierarchy
Source European Journal of Criminology,September 2012, Vol. 9, No. 5, pp 527-538
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Summary This article explores some key themes from western victimology and considers their relevance to victimhood in transitional contexts such as seen in Colombia or Sierra Leone. The authors discuss the emergence of victims' needs in the criminal justice system and how this was considered in relation to offenders' needs. The relationship between victims and offenders and the circumstances that may result in an overlap or blurring of the categories are further considered. Transitional justice literature is examined and two notable exceptions are identified when offenders may become victims: child soldiers and female soldiers. It is recommended that a more nuanced understanding of the politics of victimhood needs to be developed where a victim does not need characteristics of complete innocence.
Keywords Victimisation; transitional justice; innocence; offenders