Emotions and the campaign for victim's rights in Canada

Author(s)Stanbridge, Karen; and Kenny, J Scott
Title Emotions and the campaign for victim's rights in Canada
Source Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Oct 1 2009
Date 2009
Document type Journal article
Coverage Canada
Summary This article examines the rise of victim-advocate groups in Canada, where 28 victim-advocate groups with between 250,000 and 400,000 members were formed between 1979 and 1984. In the 1980s victims' rights became an important issue in Canada together with the role of victim-advocate groups. This study examines the role of emotion management in the success of the victim-advocate groups. The dual aims of many victims' organisations, of therapy and action are explored. Challenges faced by victims' groups included the task of how to impart some of the emotions that accompanied victimisation and how to convince their audiences that the emotions victims experienced as a result of crime need to be addressed through system change not just private therapies. For the leaders of victims groups emotional composure was very important. The groups also needed to work with sympathetic media to transform victimisation from a private passive experience to an issue demanding public attention and action.
Keywords Victims rights; emotions; victimisation; social movements; victim activism
Topic Victims rights