A victim-led criminal justice system: Addressing the paradox

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Gavrielides, T. (2014), A victim-led criminal justice system: Addressing the paradox, London: IARS Publications. ISBN 978-1-907641-27-5.

Editor: Theo Gavrielides | PublisherIARS Publications | Publication Date: November 2014 |Pages: 270 | Style: Peer Reviewed| Twitter #RJEBook |

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Book Description: Following fierce campaigning by victims’ groups, the international community has entered into a debate that aims to move the victim from the margins to the centre of the criminal justice system. For instance, the European Union has recently entered into a process of legislative and policy reforms with the aim of strengthening the rights of victims in criminal proceedings. By November 2015, all EU member states will need to have demonstrated that they have modified their domestic laws to give effect to the Directive 2012/29/EU "Establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime" (Victims' Directive). For the first time, restorative justice is explicitly regulated at the EU legal level, as the Victims' Directive aims to establish a baseline for its safe implementation across member states.

This ground-breaking and timely edited collection aims to contribute to this international debate. The book aims to challenge current thinking while highlighting good practices that respect and safeguard victims in the criminal justice and restorative justice processes. The book uses a combination of theoretical and empirical analysis while utilising original research data collected by the EU cofunded “Restorative Justice in Europe” (RJE) project. Leading experts in the fields of victimology, restorative justice, human rights, criminology and justice take bold steps in advancing the debate for a criminal justice system that puts victims' rights at its centre. The book also aims to give voice to victims directly by involving them as authors or as research participants. The book also includes sample training material, best practices and case studies as well as practice guidelines that were generated through the evidence collected by the RJE project. The RJE research was carried out throughout Europe focusing on the UK, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria and the Netherlands and by including victims, offenders and experts from across Europe. The book was launched at the 3rd international IARS Annual Conference  “A victim-led criminal justice system?”. The conference and the book were co-funded by the European Commission (EC Grant Agreement JUST/2011-2012/JPEN/AG/2951) through the Restorative Justice in Europe project.

Book audience:  Senior-level capstone courses and upper-level seminars that review and expand on key areas of study in social theory, psychology and positive psychology, law, restorative justice, human rights, criminal justice, criminology and political science departments. The book is also intended for researchers, policymakers, practitioners and campaigners.


TABLE OF CONTENTS 

Editor's Note & Acknowledgements: Prof Dr. Theo Gavrielides (Founder and Director of Independent Academic Research Studies, Co-Director of the Restorative Justice for All Institute, Visiting Professor at Bucks New University UK and Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, School of Criminology, Canada)

Foreword - Olivier Tell (Head of Procedural Criminal Law, Directorate-General Justice, European Commission).

 

PART I: A NEW NARRATIVE FOR VICTIM POLICY

CHAPTER 1: Why Victims’ Voices Matter in Criminal Justice Policy and Reform – Gabrielle Browne (victim of crime)

CHAPTER 2: The Fluidity of Victimhood - Dr. Elaine Shpungin (Director of the UIUC Psychological Services Centre, USA)

CHAPTER 3: Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence: Overcoming the Concerns of Victim-Survivors - Dr. Shirley Jülich (victim of crime and Senior Lecturer Massey University, New Zealand) and Fiona Landon (Programme Director of project Restore, New Zealand)

CHAPTER 4: Achieving Balance: Towards Rights-centered Justice - Anne Hayden (Research Associate of the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand and Member of the Winston Churchill Fellows Association, New Zealand).

 

PART II: SAFEGUARDING VICTIMS & EMPOWERING PROFESSIONALS: FIVE COUNTRY CASE STUDIES 

CHAPTER 5: The Victims' Directive and the project Restorative Justice in Europe: Safeguarding Victims and Empowering Professionals: An overview - Professor Dr. Theo Gavrielides (Founder and Director of Independent Academic Research Studies, Co-Director of the Restorative Justice for All Institute and Visiting Professor at Bucks New University UK)

CHAPTER 6: From the Margins to the Centre: A victim-focused criminal justice system for the United Kingdom - Grace Loseby (Independent Academic Research Studies)

CHAPTER 7: The Victims' Directive and Restorative Justice in Germany - Prof. Dr. Arthur Hartmann and Marie Haas (University for Applied Studies for Public Administration, Bremen)

CHAPTER 8: Empowering Restorative Justice in Greece: One step Forward for Victims - Prof. Dr. Vasso Artinopoulou and Iro Michael (European Public Law Organisation)

CHAPTER 9: Safeguarding Victims and Empowering Professionals in The Netherlands: State of the Art and Vision for the Future - Dr. Anneke van Hoek and Gert Jan Slump (Restorative Justice Nederland)

CHAPTER 10: More Justice for  Crime Victims  in Bulgaria - Prof. Dr. Dobrinka Chankova (Institute of Conflict Resolution,)

CHAPTER 11: Repositioning the Victim: Comparing and Learning: Prof. Dr. Theo Gavrielides (Founder and Director of Independent Academic Research Studies, Co-Director of the Restorative Justice for All Institute, Visiting Professor at Bucks New University UK and Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, School of Criminology, Canada)

 

PART III: CASE STUDIES & BEST PRACTICES 

PART IV: EMPOWERING VICTIMS AND PROFESSIONALS: THE TOOLS

Sample Training Tools for Professionals

A Victims' Guide to Restorative Justice

Victim and Offender Profile Assessment Tools