Canadian Victims of Crime
Victims of crime are poorly understood. Helping institutions often have counterintuitive, even potentially harmful, impacts. Support services are generally little known, poorly funded, and limited in scope — all of which perpetuates the powerless role of the victim in the criminal justice system.
J. Scott Kenney unpacks the systemic problems that are so common among victims. With emphasis on victims' lived experiences and extensive first hand accounts, Kenney pairs excerpts from the press, legal documents, and other relevant material to contextualize each voice.
What I appreciate most about this book is the quality of the scholarship. It draws on rich, qualitative data, incorporates victims’ experiences, and contextualizes the material in terms of the author’s nuanced analysis of the significance and implications of the data. I know of no other book quite like this…a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in understanding the experiences of victims.
Dorothy Pawluch, Department of Sociology, McMaster University
A useful synthesis of empirical data on the major issues confronting victims within the criminal justice system. It is clear that the author has ‘on the ground’ experience, which is essential for mining the details and exploring the nuances. This highly readable book makes a valuable contribution to the literature on victimology and restorative justice.
Liz Elliott, Co-Director, Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University
This book fits the bill for a number of stand alone undergraduate courses in Criminology and Sociology. Taking a critical analysis of key issues facing victims is most welcome. The historical analysis inherent in the book provides a good backdrop for the chapters to unfold.
Susan Reid, Criminology and Criminal Justice Department, St. Thomas University