Victimology: Victimisation and Victims' Rights

Sampul Depan
Routledge, 11 Jul 2008 - 320 halaman

How should the needs of victims of crime be met by the criminal justice system? Have the rights of victims been neglected in order to ensure that a defendant is brought to 'justice'? Who are the victims of crime and why are they targeted?

This new book examines the theoretical arguments concerning victimization before examining who victims actually are and the measures taken by the criminal justice system to enhance their position. Particular attention is paid to the victimization of women, LGBT persons, minority ethnic persons and the elderly. The book engages in a detailed exposition of the law’s response to such victimization, focusing on the measures adopted in international human rights law, by the Council of Europe, and in English law and policy. It also assesses alternative models of victim participation in criminal proceedings in European jurisdictions such as Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach which encompasses law, criminology and social policy, the book is ideal for undergraduates taking an option in victimology, race and crime, or gender and crime, whatever their disciplinary background.

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Acknowledgements xii
Introduction 1
Victimologyand victimisation 11
predatory crime17
of crime and victimisation21
Critical victimology 26
forfurther discussion 31
Local crimesurveys38
Introduction 143
Witness CareUnits 150 Unofficial agencies 150
further discussion 172
Victim participation173 Introduction 173
Family Impact Statements and lawyers
Criminal injuries compensation 201
Compensation by the offender 210

Repeat victimisation 43
Fear of crime46 Secondary victimisation 47
paradigm or paradox? 63
The impact onvictims 65 Minorityethnic women67
Introduction 75
Definition 78
Distributionofcrime andimpacton victims 79 Impact onvictims 82
police stops and searches
Questions for further discussion 100
Secondary victimisation 106 Elderly victims 107
underreporting levels113
Incorporation ofvictims rightsinterests into defendants righttofairtrial123
Human rights jurisprudence concerning victims
Introduction 215
International and European provisions 218 Restorativejustice in Englandand Wales220
Effectiveness of restorative justice for victims 228
Domestic violence 238 Domestic violence as realcrime 238
Racially and religiously motivated offences 244
Crown Prosecution Service 248
Human rights instruments 250 Offences 251 Criminal justice responses 252
Enforcement ofstate duties 258 Antidiscrimination legislation 259
Conclusion 231
Bibliography 270
Index 293
victimisation 51
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Lorraine Wolhuter is an LLD candidate at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, having previously been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton.

Neil Olley is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton.

David John Denham is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wolverhampton.

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