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The Vengeful Victim: Assessing the Attitudes of Victims Participating in Restorative Youth Conferencing

O'Mahony, D and Doak, J (2006) 'The Vengeful Victim: Assessing the Attitudes of Victims Participating in Restorative Youth Conferencing.' International Review of Victimology, 13 (2). pp. 157-177. ISSN 0269-7580

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Abstract

The task of delineating an appropriate role for the victim in the criminal justice system has been the subject of considerable debate in academia and policy circles for some time. While victim participation is considered something of a sine qua non of the restorative paradigm, many commentators remain sceptical of victim input in conventional sentencing on the grounds that it may lead to the imposition of overly harsh or onerous obligations. Drawing on evidence from a major evaluation of youth conferencing in Northern Ireland, this article challenges the assumption that victims are essentially punitive parties, and calls for a rethink of some of the fundamental values and assumptions that have traditionally resulted in their exclusion and even alienation in the criminal justice system.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: restorative justice; youth conferencing; Northern Ireland; victims vengeance
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2015 12:39
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:04
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13472

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