The Victim’s Role in the Penal Process: A Theoretical Orientation
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
KeywordsCriminal Justice Social Defence Criminal Proceeding Theoretical Orientation Critical View
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