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
Liz Elliott, Co-Director, Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University
Susan Reid, Criminology and Criminal Justice Department, St. Thomas University