Source: (1997) The Howard League for Penal Reform

This paper by the Howard League examines the place victims of crime have in the criminal justice system. In the past two decades the amount of media and political attention given to victims has increased immeasurably, but to what extent has this been mere lip service or a political game? Are the current mechanisms which are being constructed adequate or focused on what victims of crime want or need? The League looks at the current academic and political attention being given to the victims of crime; what services are provided for them and the role that victims may expect to have in the criminal process