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NCJ Number: 147759 Find in a Library
Author(s): A Lee; W Searle
Corporate Author: New Zealand Dept of Justice
Policy and Research Division
New Zealand
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 52
Sponsoring Agency: New Zealand Dept of Justice
Wellington, New Zealand
Publication Number: ISBN 0-477-07656-4
Sale Source: New Zealand Dept of Justice
Policy and Research Division
Private Box 180
New Zealand
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: New Zealand
Annotation: The authors discuss the findings of a 1992 survey of 163 groups and individuals in New Zealand who provide services to victims of crime, or whose work is associated or has an effect on victims.
Abstract: Victim organizations are seeking considerable improvements in the way victims are treated, and greater victim participation in the criminal justice system through increased use of victim impact statements and other possible means. Most respondents criticized the media for further victimizing victims, who often give consent but are unaware of the consequences of publicity. The media, the respondents said, tend to sensationalize events, neglect the viewpoint of the victim, and perpetuate myths about sexual abuse. The respondents gave an unfavorable impression of the effectiveness of the Victims of Offenses Act 1987. Some other topics covered in this report are adult pretrial diversion, Family Group Conferences, victim compensation, coroners, the Accident Compensation Scheme, domestic violence, ethnic and gender issues, and the protection and privacy of victims. Table, 2 appendixes, list of respondents, 4 references
Main Term(s): Victims rights
Index Term(s): Media coverage; New Zealand; Victim services; Victimization
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