An Ambiguous Participant:The Crime Victim and Criminal Justice Decision-Making

Edwards, I. (2004) An Ambiguous Participant:The Crime Victim and Criminal Justice Decision-Making. British Journal of Criminology, 44 (6). pp. 967-982. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

Popular debate about the appropriate place of victims in criminal justice decision-making tends to be couched in terms of 'balance'. This rhetorical device precludes a comprehensive analysis of the issues raised by victim involvement. This article argues that an analysis of the concept of participation is more fruitful. I delineate four different participatory roles for victims, each envisaging a particular relationship between victim and criminal justice decision-maker. I then discuss a recent reform in England and Wales - the Victim Personal Statement Scheme - to illustrate the ambiguity that can arise in a victim's participatory role when governments pay insufficient attention to the issues underlying rationales for victim involvement.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
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Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 07 May 2004
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 16:39
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/16554
DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azh050

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