1st Edition

Support for Victims of Crime in Asia

Edited By

Wing-Cheong Chan

ISBN 9780415439541
Published October 30, 2007 by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

Giving victims of crime a greater role in the criminal justice system is a relatively recent development, a trend likely to continue and increase in the foreseeable future. In many jurisdictions it has led to compensation schemes funded by the state, support for victims of crime to help them recover from their ordeal, and involvement of victims in decisions as to how offenders should be dealt with.

This book examines developments in support for victims of crime in Asia. It shows how, contrary to the widely-held belief that Asian jurisdictions shy away from a rights based approach, there has been considerable progress in support for victims of crime in Asia, especially in Thailand and Korea, where rights for victims of crime are entrenched in constitutional provisions, and in Taiwan and Japan. Support for Victims of Crime in Asia discusses international developments, the degree to which support for victims of crime is an import into Asia from the west, and developments in a range of countries, including Thailand, Korea, Taiwan and Japan, India, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Introduction Wing-Cheong Chan  Section 1: International Norms and Policy Perspectives  2. International Standards for Victims: What Norms? What Achievements? What Next? Irvin Waller  3. The (Human) Rights of Crime Victims Do Not Necessarily Infringe the Rights of Accused and Convicted Persons Sam Garkawe  4. Whither Victim Policies? A View from the Crossroads Leslie Sebba  5. The Development of Victim Support and Victim Rights in Asia Tatsuya Ota  Section 2: Victims of Crime in the Criminal Justice System  6. Victims of Crime in China’s Criminal Justice System Guoling Zhao  7. The Role of the Victim in the Indian Criminal Justice System Mrinal Satish  8. Assistance for Victims of Crime in Korea Kyoon-seok Cho  9. Victims of Crime in the Thai Criminal Justice System Viraphong Boonyobhas  10. Clashing Conceptions of the Victim’s Role in Singapore’s Criminal Process Michael Hor  11. Victims of Crime in Taiwan’s Criminal Justice System Jaw-Perng Wang  12. New Horizon of Victim Support in Japan Tatsuya Ota  13. Victims: The Forgotten Stakeholders of the Indonesian Criminal Justice System Harkristuti Harkrisnowo  Section 3: Specific Victims of Crime  14. Protecting Child Victims in Malaysia Norbani Mohamed Nazeri  15. Responses to Victims of Domestic Violence in the Philippines Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan  Section 4: Support Services for Victims of Crime  16. Present and Future Developments in Victim Services and Victim Rights: A View from the US Marlene A. Young  17. The Needs of Victims of Crime in Korea: Effective Counselling Strategies and Techniques Keun-jae Chung  Section 5: Compensation and Restorative Justice  18. Compensation Orders in Singapore, Malaysia and India: A Call for Rejuvenation  Wing-Cheong Chan  19. Assessing the Use (and Misuse) of Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice System James Dignan

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Wing-Cheong Chan is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He specializes in criminal law and family law. He has published extensively on issues relating to criminal law and family law in international journals, and is a regular speaker at conferences and forums on criminal law and family law.


'The book is well-assembled and the editor can be congratulated on putting together a set of original and insightful papers.Without exception, each of the chapters provides a thorough, yet accessible account of the recent victim-related developments in Asia. It is anticipated that this book will provide a much needed contribution to a particular area of comparative scholarship that has been sadly neglected by many western commentators. As such, it should be of interest to academics, policymakers, victim support workers, and other criminal justice stakeholders. It should also form a valuable part of the collection of all reputable law and criminology libraries.' - Jonathan Doak, Asian Journal of Comparative Law, 2009