Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

We don’t actively support Internet Explorer

It appears that you are using Internet Explorer, which has been discontinued by Microsoft. Support has ended for versions older than 11, and as a result you may face security issues and other problems when using it.

We recommend upgrading to a newer browser such as Firefox, Google Chrome, or Edge for a much better experience across the web.

While this site may work with Explorer, we are not testing and verifying it, so you may run into some trouble or strange looking things.

280 pages
6 x 9 inches
September 2009
Print ISBN: 9781551303611


Overview

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.

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction
Methodologies
Organization of This Book

Chapter 2: The Impact of Crime
Introduction
Victimization and Victim Identity
Dimensions of Impact and Their Rhetorics
Conclusion

Chapter 3: Social Dynamics in the Wake of Crime
Introduction
Social Reactions and Victim Labelling
Gender Roles and Grief Cycles in Homicide Cases
Human Agency Revisited: The Paradox of Victims
Conclusion

Chapter 4: Victims and Legal Institutions
Introduction
Victims' Legal Position
Victims in the Criminal Justice Process
Encounters with the Justice System and Victim Claims
Homicide Survivors' Experiences
Conclusion

Chapter 5: Emotion and the Rise of the Victims' Rights Movement (with Karen Stanbridge)
Introduction
Neglected Victims
Political Opportunities, Mobilizing Resources, and Resonant Frames
What Happened to Emotions?
Emotions and Social Movements
Discussion
Conclusion

Chapter 6: Policy Responses
Introduction
The Civil Courts
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board Programs
Victims' Bills of Rights
Victim Impact Statements
Provincial Victims' Services Programs
Private Victim Support/Advocacy Organizations
Women's Shelters and Community Outreach Services
Conclusion

Chapter 7: Restorative Justice (with Donald Clairmont)
Introduction
Restorative Justice and Its Discontents
The Restorative Justice Process
Restorative Justice as It Happens
Conclusion

Chapter 8: International Comparisons
Introduction
De Facto and De Jure Treatment of Victims: Canada versus Colombia (with Alfredo Schulte-Bockholt)
Methodological Considerations
Comparative Data on Violence, Victimization, and Institutional Processing
Conclusion

Chatper 9: Conclusion
Common Threads
Ongoing Changes
Future Research
A Personal Coda

APPENDIX A: KEY REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING

APPENDIX B: WEBSITES

APPENDIX C: QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS OF VICTIMIZATION: METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES
Ethics Review
Issues in the Design of Research Instruments
Accessing Participants
Interviewing and Observing Participants
Transcription and Data Analysis
Presentation of Data
Assessment
References

Copyright Acknowledgements
Index

Reviews

Instructor Resources


See sample

Purchase Options