An ambiguous participant: The crime victim and criminal justice decision-making

Edwards, Ian (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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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
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/peace_justice_and_strong_institutions
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 07 May 2004
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2024 01:23
DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azh050

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