Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Victimization, Gender, and the Criminal Justice System

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_324

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Overview

Since the development of the criminal victimization survey in the late 1960s, appreciation of the impact of crime has risen up national and international criminal justice agendas. Its more recent refinement as a tool, alongside the input of feminist work, has contributed to a rising awareness of the gendered nature of that impact. This is especially the case in respect of sexual violence. However, as awareness of this impact has increased so has awareness of the shortcomings of criminal justice systems to appreciate and respond appropriately to this kind of criminal victimization. In this chapter some of the tensions that exist between what is known about the gendered nature of sexual violence and what is done about it will be considered. By way of conclusion areas for further work and investigation will be suggested.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Social Policy and CriminologyUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK