Chan 2008 Victims

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Author: Wai To Chan

Title: Crime victims

Subtitle: -

In: Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong

Edited by: Wing Hong Chui and T. Wing Lo

Place: Portland, OR

Publisher: Willan Publishing

Year: 2008

Pages: 69-92

ISBN-13: 9781843923015 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781843923008 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat


Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Chinese History

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Abstract: »Apart from studying the number of criminals and the volume of crime, Chapter 4 considers in what ways the victims play an important role in the process of criminal justice. For example, the victims reports an offence to the police, makes a statement, attends identification parades, and gives their time by attending court a witness. Regrettably, amid the criminal justice process, legal professionals are inclined to direct attention to details of an actual offence or the criminal's need by disposing lenient sentences. Consequently, the victims of crime do not get the proper attention they deserve, and which their role in the justice system affords them. Indeed, this chapter also examines whether criminal law processes are sufficiently dealling with the victim. Wai To Chan comments that the current provision of victim programmes in Hong Kong seems to be hampered by the absence of a sound philosophical bases for action. The suggested improvement of The Victims of Crime Charter (Department of Justice 2003) and the proposed use of mediation and reparation schemes could be the first step in the course of promoting restorative justice in society. It is hoped that crime victims have the right to be treated with courtesy and respect by criminal justice professionals and they are given a prompt and proper response to complaints of crime (Lo 2000).« (Source: Wing Hong Chui and T. Wing Lo. »Introduction and overview.« Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong. Edited by Wing Hong Chui et al. Portland 2008: p. 6)


  Introduction (p. 69)
  Who are 'crime victims'? (p. 69)
  Relationship between community care and crime victim (p. 72)
  Provision of victim programmes in Hong Kong (p. 73)
    Compensation order (p. 73)
    Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Scheme (p. 74)
    House for battered spouses (p. 76)
    Services for sexually assaulted victim (p. 80)
  Examination of current ideologies of crime victims programmes (p. 82)
    'Care' or 'welfare' ideology (p. 82)
    'Retributive' ideology (p. 83)
    'Right-based' model (p. 84)
  The way ahead (p. 86)
  Review questions (p. 89)
  References (p. 90)
  Legislation cited (p. 92)

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