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NCJ Number: 118330 Find in a Library
Title: Victim Support Perspective (From Mediation and Criminal Justice: Victims, Offenders and Community, P 44-55, 1989, Martin Wright and Burt Galaway, eds. -- See NCJ-118327)
Author(s): H Reeves
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications Ltd
London, EC2A 4PU, England
Sale Source: Sage Publications Ltd
6 Bonhill Street
London, EC2A 4PU,
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: British victim surveys indicate that the main determinants of a victim's attitude toward mediation with the offender are based in the victim's level of fear or anger, the questions they wanted answered from the offender, and the degree to which they felt it would be useful to educate offenders about the effects of their crimes.
Abstract: Immediately following a crime, all victims tend to experience considerable fear and anger. For more severe cases or more vulnerable victims, these feelings may persist over a long period or become permanent. An offer of a mediation meeting with the offender under these circumstances could cause more distress. At a later stage, victims attempting to cope with their victimization are likely to be preoccupied with reasons for what has occurred. A mediation meeting is an opportunity for them to query offenders about their motives for the crime. For victims who have come to terms with their victimization, the offer of mediation may appear to be a waste of time or a needless opening of old wounds. It is possible, however, that the victim may view mediation as an opportunity to inform the offender about what crime does to its victims. More information is needed about the detrimental effects of mediation on victims, particularly if this is the criminal justice system's only direct intervention with the victim. 17 references.
Main Term(s): Victim attitudes; Victim-offender reconciliation
Index Term(s): Restitution programs; United Kingdom (UK)
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