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Critical Victimology
International Perspectives


August 2012 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The status of the victim within the criminal justice system has recently become a controversial issue. In this comprehensive and timely text, the authors combine their extensive experience of the victims' movement to provide a theoretical and practical critique of the subject. Drawing from a wealth of local, national, and international sources, unpublished documents, and original research, the book outlines and discusses the issues facing victims today. The authors address the fundamental question: How can we best ensure justice for victims while preserving the rights of defendants? The search for answers raises other key questions examined in this volume. Topics include the risk of crime and how it varies from country to country; the impact of crime on the victim; the treatment of victims by police, welfare agencies, and the courts; the recent interest of governments in victims' issues; policies and practices of other nations; services that are being developed in other countries; and how to ensure the rights of victims while preserving the rights of defendants. This critical and comparative analysis of "victim services" offers important insights for students and academics in criminology, social work, and social policy, as well as for victim support workers. "This useful and accessible book provides a more sophisticated and refined understanding of victim issues in the contemporary criminal justice system than has been available hitherto, and should be essential reading for anyone who wants to take practice and policy forward." --LCCJ Newsletter

 
Perspectives on Victimology
 
Crime and its Impact
 
The Place of the Victim in Non-Western Societies
 
The `Rebirth' of the Victim as a Significant Actor
 
Immediate Help for the Victims of Crime
 
Victims, Courts and Compensation
 
Developing an Appreciation of the Victim
Looking to `Eastern Europe'  
 
The Principles of a Critical Victimology
 
Conclusion
Questions for Policy?  

`A fairly thorough comparison of victim-related policies and the meaning of the 'victims' movement' in various countries - with special attention to the US and British experience - is arguably the most valuable contribution of this work.' - Choice

`Critical victimology, like critical criminology, insists on the need to include the social and political context in which crime takes place; Mawby and Walklate have provided a useful introduction' - British Society of Criminology Newsletter

`This useful and accessible book provides a more sophisticated and refined understanding of victim issues in the contemporary criminal justice system than has been available hitherto, and should be essential reading for anyone who wants to take practice and policy forward.... this book will leave you better informed about issues of pressing political significance' - LCCJ Newsletter

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