Victims: Trauma, testimony and justice

1st Edition

Ross McGarry, Sandra Walklate

Routledge
Published June 19, 2015
Textbook - 182 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415856348 - CAT# Y151877

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Summary

The study of victims of crime is a central concern for criminologists around the world. In recent years, some victimologists have become increasingly engaged in positivist debates on the differences between victims and non-victims, how these differences can be measured and what could be done to improve the victims' experience of the criminal justice system. Written by experts in the field, this book embraces a much wider understanding of social harms and asks which victims' voices are heard and why.

McGarry and Walklate break new ground with this innovative and accessible book; it offers a broad discussion of social harms, the role of the victim in society and the inter-relationship between trauma, testimony and justice and asks:

  • how has harm been understood and under what circumstances have those harms been recognised?
  • how and under what circumstances are those harms articulated?
  • how and under what circumstances are the voices of those who have been harmed listened to?

Each chapter draws on case studies and a range of questions designed to assist in reflection and critical engagement. This book is perfect reading for students taking courses on victimology, victims and society, victims’ rights and criminal justice.

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