There has been a long-held view that the criminal justice system has focussed on the need to address offending to an extent that has overlooked the needs and interests of the victim. From the 1970s onwards many countries have developed ways to refocus processes to take account of the crucial role of victims in providing essential evidence in the most daunting of environments. A range of victim services have been developed, some generalist and some specialist focussing on specific types of victims (such as the elderly) or victims of specific offences (such as domestic abuse and to a lesser extent financial crime), and organisations have developed policies to respond to those victimised at work. But how effective are they? This webinar will discuss:
• What are the difficulties facing victims confronting the criminal justice system?
• How effective are victim services?
• How can victim services be improved?
Bianca Biwer – Federal Executive at WEISSER RING, Victim Support (Germany)
Neil Masters – Secretariat to the Home Office Joint Fraud Taskforce and Policy Manager at Cifas (UK)
Mangai Natarajan PhD – Professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (US)