Public sector services and the victim of crime

Authored by: Rob I. Mawby

Handbook of Victims and Victimology

Print publication date:  September  2007
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9781843922582
eBook ISBN: 9780203118207
Adobe ISBN: 9781136308383


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In the 47 years that have elapsed since Steven Schafer (1960: 8) referred to the crime victim as the Cinderella of the criminal justice system, political (and academic) interest in the plight of victims has grown beyond recognition. While it is still true that the overwhelming amount of public funding goes on the police and penal system, in Britain, and many other western societies, victims have come to be accepted as significant actors on the criminal justice stage. Thus:

The Government's vision is of a criminal justice system in which the needs and concerns of victims and witnesses, are central. (Home Office 2005a: 2)

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