Special Issue "Access to Justice: Historical Approaches to Victims of Crime"

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Pamela Cox

Department of Sociology, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK
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Interests: modern social and cultural history; social policy; social justice and criminal justice; gender relations; youth justice; child rights; family law
Guest Editor
Prof. Barry Godfrey

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX, UK
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Interests: longitudinal studies of crime and sentencing; how individual and structural factors can affect desistence from crime; comparative international studies of offending and sentencing; court culture and practice; the history of Liverpool; and convicts in America and Australia

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Victims were central to the detection and prosecution of crime for most of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Indeed, if it was not for the substantial activity of victims there would be little recorded crime at all before the 1830s. In many countries, newly formed police forces then took the lead in the prosecution process until their role was, in turn, supplanted by professional lawyers and state prosecution services. Despite their ‘removal’ from the courtroom, victims have remained important agents in the justice system. Today they are frequently evoked and re-imagined within media and political debates, becoming symbolic ciphers for concerns about crime and other perceived social challenges. This collection seeks contributors who will address one of three major research questions:

How has victims’ access to justice been facilitated or restricted over the past two centuries? How, and to what end, have cultural representations shaped perceptions of victims? How, why and when did victims come to shape political and criminal justice discourse and practice? Additionally, the related topics may include: Child sexual abuse victims; domestic violence victims; access to justice for victims; history of victim support; symbolic and ideal victims of crime; victims and fear of crime; victims and media representations; and victims in literature.

Prof. Pamela Cox
Prof. Barry Godfrey
Guest Editors

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