Title: Antidotes to injustice? Victim Statements' impact on victims' sense of security
Authors: De Mesmaecker, Vicky # ×
Issue Date: 2011
Series Title: International Review of Victimology
Abstract: Since the mid- to late 1980s a number of western countries have granted victims a participatory role in the sentencing process by means of written and oral victim statements. These statements have been introduced with a view to increase victim satisfaction with the criminal justice system. Evaluation research on the use of these statements however points towards victims’ numerous concerns when deciding whether to submit a statement. These concerns indicate that some victims may feel insecure and uncomfortable about submitting a statement. Focusing on the specific case of victim statements, this paper will serve to explore how victim reforms designed to protect victims from exclusion by the criminal justice system and enhance perceptions of justice risk causing some victims feeling endangered by participation.
ISSN: 0269-7580
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC)
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