The Victim’s Role in the Penal Process: A Theoretical Orientation

  • Leslie Sebba


The attention which has been directed in recent years to that ‘“poor relation” of the criminal law’, the victim,1 has led to the crystallization of professional and public opinion in favour of alleviating the predicament of this forgotten figure of the contemporary criminal justice system. The impetus for reform has concentrated primarily on improving the material situation of the victim by means of schemes for compensation or restitution, and reducing his psychic trauma — particularly where victims of sexual assaults are concerned — by means of crisis intervention and the provision of other services for the victim.2


Criminal Justice Social Defence Criminal Proceeding Theoretical Orientation Critical View 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Schafer, The Victim and His Criminal 21 (1968).Google Scholar
  2. 98.
    See Ginossar, ‘Autonomy of correctional law’, 9 Israel Law Review 24 (1974).Google Scholar

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© Leslie Sebba 1992

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  • Leslie Sebba

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