crime victims

Document intended to provide guidance for practitioners on the principles and best practice for restorative justice services in the Children's Hearings system in Scotland with the aim of ensuring consistency and quality in these services.

Report containing information on women's experiences in the criminal justice system as victims, suspects, defendants and practitioners in criminal justice agencies.

It compares their representation and experiences with those of men and identifies if, and where, any disproportionality exists in the treatment they receive.

The Crown Prosecution Service, the Department of Health and the Home Office have worked together to produce this guidance. The guidance is issued as part of the Action For Justice programme by which the Home Office is coordinating the implementation of the various measures for witnesses recommended in Speaking Up For Justice.

Pamphlet looking at the magnitude of domestic violence problems in England and Wales and what risks and benefits the proposals contained in the Domestic Violence, Crime & Victims Bill will present. It considers the dangers of introducing an inflexible system to deal with the wide range of domestic violence offences and offers a different, more flexible approach.

This resource is one of the units on the Open University's OpenLearn website, which provides free and open educational resources for learners and educators around the world. This unit examines what a crime is; how we as a society define 'crime'; the steps that lead from a crime to a conviction, and the factors that may affect that process.

Document from Victim Support in Scotland calling on the Scottish Parliament to continue its commitment to the Scottish Strategy for Victims and its key objectives of providing emotional and practical support, information and greater participation for victims. Specific actions it calls for include establishing a Victims Fund and appointing a Victims Commissioner.

Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by criminal behaviour. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders. Restorative justice theory and programs have emerged over the past 20 years as an increasingly influential world-wide alternative to criminal justice practice. This tutorial provides an overview of the movement and of the issues that it raises.

Government consultation document intended to raise awareness and generate discussion one what more could be done to end violence against women and girls. The Consultations aims are: to recognise the contribution organisations have made to success in reducing violence against women and girls and supporting victims; raise awareness of the scale and nature of violence against women and girls; generate national debate to identify what would make women and girls feel and be safer; and to test policy proposals and ideas designed to help prevent violence against women and girls.

Paper describing the Victim Statement (VS) scheme which was piloted in Ayr, Edinburgh and Kilmarnock between 2003 and 2005.

The scheme aimed to allow crime victims to make a statement about the impact of the offence on their lives once a decision to prosecute had been taken.

The paper also examines the practicalities of implementing the scheme more widely.