As numerous academic and political commentators have noted, the implications of introducing a victim’s perspective into the delicate balance between state and offender is likely to be a key issue in the future of criminal justice. This book seeks to outline the contours of the relevant debates drawing together contributions from prominent international and national commentators, from areas including criminology, law, philosophy, social policy, politics and sociology.
’…a stimulating read for anyone with an interest in the subject.’ New Law Journal ’…the collection stands as a worthy contribution to anyone seriously concerned with the interests of the victims of crime.’ The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice ’…a telling portrait of thinking about victimization at the end of the century…’ Criminal Justice ’…a worthy addition to the law section of a university library, and a valuable tools for graduate students. It brings together a good deal of material which is not available in other books on the subject.' The Law Teacher
Contents: Introduction, Adam Crawford; An overview of key themes, Jo Goodey. The status of victims: Victims as consumers of the criminal justice system?, Renee Zauberman; Individualization of the victim: from positivism to postmodernism, Leslie Sebba; Taking the law into their own hands: victims as offenders, David Miers; Implications of the international crime victims survey for a victim perspective, Jan van Dijk. Victims within criminal justice: The new status of victims in the UK: opportunities and threats, Helen Reeves and Kate Mulley; Victims and criminal justice: creating responsible criminal justice agencies, Joanna Shapland; Integrating a victim perspective in criminal justice through victim impact statements, Edna Erez; Victims’ rights, defendants’ rights and criminal procedure, Andrew Ashworth; Victims and restorative justice: The practice of family group conferences in New Zealand: assessing the place, potential and pitfalls of restorative justice, Allison Morris and Gabrielle Maxwell; Integrating a multi-victim perspective into criminal justice through restorative justice conferences, Richard Young; Extending the victim perspective towards a systemic restorative justice alternative, Lode Walgrave; Salient themes towards a victim perspective and the limitations of restorative justice: some concluding comments, Adam Crawford. Index.