Victims, Citizens and the Potential for Justice
Chapter 6: Exploring justice goals
The goals and narratives of male and female victims of violence are explored over three interviews as they progress through the criminal justice process in a prospective longitudinal panel. Diverse motivations and objectives for victim engagement with criminal justice unfold over time and within the process. To these, individuals give different reasons that link with objects of interest: themselves as victim; the offender; and their community of others. These ideas, objectives and reasons constitute plural grounds for the overall goal of achieving justice. Offender accountability is revealed as a motivation to seek justice, a threshold from which other justice goals become possible, and a key objective. Formal accountability facilitates composite sentence preferences. The architecture of criminal justice allows multiple objectives to be articulated in a sequence and realized in a sequence.
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