Crime victims: Theory, policy and practice

Author(s)Spalek, Basia
Title Crime victims: Theory, policy and practice
Source Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, 2006
Date 2006
Document type Book
Summary Chapter Summary: Chapter 2, 'Victimhood, Late Modernity and Criminal Justice' outlines the most significant developments in victim policy, particularly focusing upon Britain, the United States, Australia and Canada. Particular attention is given to the construction of victim identities in contemporary western or late modern society. There is discussion of the 'ideal victim' type which is the basis around which members from the general public form identity attachments.
Chapter Summary: Chapter 6, 'Official responses to victimisation', examines victim support, including compensation, compensation orders, victim impact statements, and the victim's charter.
Chapter Summary: Chapter 7, 'Victims' Needs and Victims' Rights' examines the issue of whether the harms and trauma suffered by victims can be improved via a greater emphasis upon the development of victims' rights, together with the implementation of clear procedures to seek redress.
Chapter Summary: Chapter 10, 'Conclusion: Future Developments and Implications' looks at the official and unofficial victims' movements; social movements, identities and victim research. It is suggested that a more substantial focus upon victims' identities is needed, and a more open-ended forms of data gathering should be encouraged, for example by the use of narrative techniques
Keywords Victimisation; criminal justice system; victims rights; victims needs; trauma; future directions
Topic Victims rights