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NCJ Number: NCJ 242549     Find in a Library
Title: Purposing and Repurposing Harms: The Victim Impact Statement and Sexual Assault
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Author(s): Karen-Lee Miller
Date Published: 04/2013
Page Count: 44
Document: PDF 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of the victim impact statement (VIS) is to inform judges of victims’ crime related physical, psychological and financial harms.
Abstract: The purpose of the victim impact statement (VIS) is to inform judges of victims’ crime related physical, psychological and financial harms. Findings from interviews with Canadian sexual assault victims, advocates, victim services workers, and prosecutors (N = 37) demonstrated harm descriptions were manipulated by victims and others in keeping with, and contrary to, VIS design. Victims and prosecutors purposed the VIS to inform court outcomes through harms claims, and struggles over those claims. The repurposing of harms claims occurred through practices of strategic disclosure, intended to affect changes in others’ behaviors, and harm peddling, the circulation of the VIS in nonsentencing arenas. Victims, adversaries and criminal justice professionals engaged in harm peddling to obtain compensation, child custody and parole delay. Implications of purposing and repurposing harms claims included novel opportunities and legal pitfalls for victims, varied responses by judges, and an expansion of social control over victims and offenders. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Victim impact statements
Index Term(s): Sexual assault ; Legal system ; Female victims ; Coping (victims of crime) ; Canada
Note: Forthcoming in the journal of Qualitative Health Research, Sage Publications
   
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