By M. Duggan, V. Heap

This learn addresses the administration of sufferers and sufferer coverage less than the Coalition govt, in mild of an expanding movement in the direction of neoliberal and punitive legislation and order agendas. With a spotlight on sufferers of anti-social behaviour and hate crime, Duggan and Heap discover the altering position of the sufferer in modern legal justice discourses.

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This may prove politically expedient, but the degree to which these are in the victim’s best interests is often questionable. The concepts of typologies, culpability and deservedness have remained important areas of consideration within the victimological arena throughout the latter half of the twentieth century. Perceptions of victim culpability may enhance or reduce the ‘legitimate’ status afforded to a victim, potentially impacting on the services available to a person on this basis. If victims are situated on a binary against offenders or against one another, then problematic hierarchies may begin to emerge.

I also want to ask everyone working with victims to help deliver the promises in the new Code and make sure their needs are put first’ (HM Government, 2013b). Furedi (1998: 82) claimed that ‘in an increasingly fragmented society, social solidarity and belonging is achieved through the shared responses to victims and victimization’. Equally of note is Currie’s (2010) observation that crimes which involve tangible or visible harms may be seized upon by governments seeking to enhance popular punitive responses as part of a law and order agenda.

Shelved plans affecting the justice sector alone have included scrapping the Youth Justice Board; granting anonymity to defendants in rape cases; limiting payments under the criminal injuries compensation scheme so that only seriously injured victims would be eligible; and attempting to scrap plans to remove violent partners from the home (reinstated after a significant backlash from women’s groups) (Owen, 2013). The Coalition, in particular the Conservative Party, is losing popularity. Information from available opinion polls at the time of writing indicated that the Conservatives were consistently trailing Labour in points, whilst the Liberal Democrats were regularly being pushed to fourth place by relative newcomer, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) (BBC News, 2014).

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