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NCJ Number: 127252 Find in a Library
Title: Human Rights of Women Survivors
Journal: Response to the Victimization of Women and Children  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:(1990)  Pages:6-8
Author(s): E Gondolf
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 3
Type: Conference Material
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A committee that met as part of an international conference attended by participants from 12 countries in May 1990 developed a declaration focusing on the women victims of interpersonal crime and abuse of power.
Abstract: The conference was the Sixth International Institute on Victimology and included 40 participants from the United States, Canada, Nigeria, Iran, Israel, and several European countries. The task group decided to refer to women victims as "survivors" to emphasize their coping strengths and help-seeking efforts. It examined assumptions regarding gender differences in interpersonal, social, economic, and political power with emphasis on the role of patriarchal power in the disproportionate victimization of women through sexual and domestic assault. The group's declaration stated that the victim's safety and protection are paramount, that the legal system should implement policies that emphasize the arrest of perpetrators, and that social service agencies establish programs to serve victims. The committee also focused on the need for social change and new public policies and concluded that the women's movement can help sustain and inspire individual interventions and promote community and societal changes to reinforce them.
Main Term(s): Victims rights
Index Term(s): Female victims; International agreements
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