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Title: Taking Trauma Seriously: Critical Reflections on the Criminal Justice Process
Authors: Ellison, Louise
Munro, Vanessa E.
First Published: 4-Oct-2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 2016, 1365712716655168
Abstract: Over the last two decades successive governments in England and Wales have stated a commitment to placing victims of crime at the heart of the criminal justice agenda. A raft of polices and reforming measures have been introduced with the declared aim of improving the experience and treatment of victims within the criminal process. Despite these developments, the Government has recently conceded that the criminal justice process has continued to fall short – whether in relation to helping victims to recover in the aftermath of a crime or supporting them through the stresses of investigation and trial. In this article we argue that applying a trauma-informed lens to evaluate victim-centred initiatives helps to explain the failure of victim policy in England and Wales to fully deliver on its promise. We highlight the barriers that experiences of trauma can present to effective victim participation and the extent to which current trial processes are often liable to exacerbate rather than ameliorate trauma amongst a broad constituency of victims.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1365712716655168
ISSN: 1365-7127
eISSN: 1740-5572
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, SAGE Publications. This version of the article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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