Source: (2010) In, Melinda Gyokos and Krisztina Lanyi, eds., European best practices of restorative justice in criminal Procedure. Budapest: Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement, Republic of Hungary.pp. 136-151.
From the beginning of the new millennium, new criminal laws with emphasis on the victim have been issued in Greece. This development on a national level was embedded in a global movement, which involved major international organizations and affected countries all around the world. Since the mid-1990s, issues such as trafficking and cyber crime, domestic violence, child assault and battery, have more or less become focal points of the national political agenda, the debate experts, and the practice of professionals. However, only a minor amount of systemic research on victimization, based on medical reports on children have been carried out. The situation of other social groups such as women and elderly had only occasionally been investigated. The only large-scale victimization study of the general population is the one that was carried out to make amends for Greece’s absence from the first part of the International Crime Victim Survey. The legislative developments were therefore explained by “progress” and the “evolution of internet technology,” and were also justified by “human rights” and “social exclusion” rhetoric. (excerpt)
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