Source: (2013) Probation Journal. 60(4): 383-399.
â€˜Ensuring offenders’ awareness of the effects of crime on the victims of crime and the publicâ€™ is one of five stated aims of the National Probation Service of England and Wales and specifically undertaking victim awareness work is an expectation of the serviceâ€™s work. The nature and putative value of such work appears to be rarely questioned however. It is argued that â€˜victim awarenessâ€™ is a confused concept in terms of its rationale, definition, and empirical basis as a criminogenic need. These issues are evaluated and the practice implications discussed. A possible model of victim awareness work is described. (excerpt)
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