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Victims of Crime

Construction, Governance and Policy


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Matthew Hall
    Pages 49-98
  3. Matthew Hall
    Pages 141-197
  4. Matthew Hall
    Pages 241-281
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 303-344

About this book


This volume critically engages with the development of official policy and reform in relation to the support of victims of crime both within and beyond the criminal justice system of England and Wales. Since the election of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition Government in May 2010 it is argued that victimization has increasingly taken on a greater cultural resonance both in England and Wales and in other industrialised countries. Images of terrorism, public debates around the handling of sexual victimisation by the courts, and the issue of child sexual exploitation have catapulted victim issues into the public consciousness like never before  – generating a new form of what Hall terms ‘victim capital’. As such, this book utilises a combination of cultural victimological analysis, governance theory and legal scholarship to address fundamental questions concerning the drivers and impact of victim policy in England and Wales in the 21st century. An engaging and original study, this book will be of particular interest to scholars of victimology and the criminal justice system, as well as activists and policy makers.


Criminology Victimology Criminal law Criminal policy Conservative Government 2012 EU Directive Law Culture Public Policy Support Services for Victims Compensation Restitution and Restorative Justice Victim Policy Networks State responses Victims’ Code Human trafficking domestic violence sexual violence

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lincoln Law SchoolUniversity of LincolnLincolnUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Matthew Hall is Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at Lincoln Law School, the University of Lincoln, UK. 

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