Secondary victimization of crime victims by criminal proceedings

Orth, Ulrich (2002). Secondary victimization of crime victims by criminal proceedings. Social Justice Research, 15(4), pp. 313-325. Plenum Press 10.1023/A:1021210323461

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It is conceivable that criminal proceedings cause psychological harm to the crime victims involved, that is, cause secondary victimization. To investigate this hypothesis, negative and positive effects of criminal proceedings were investigated, as perceived by 137 victims of violent crimes who were involved in trials several years previously. Trial outcome and procedure variables were measured as potential causes of secondary victimization. Results show a high proportion of victims reporting overall negative effects. Powerful predictors were outcome satisfaction and procedural justice, but not subjective punishment severity, interactional justice, and psychological stress by criminal proceedings. The practical implications of the results pertain to whether victims should be advised to report the crime to the police or not, and to appropriate prevention and intervention measures of secondary victimization by criminal proceedings.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Orth, Ulrich

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0885-7466

Publisher:

Plenum Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ulrich Orth

Date Deposited:

01 Dec 2015 14:01

Last Modified:

01 Dec 2015 14:01

Publisher DOI:

10.1023/A:1021210323461

Uncontrolled Keywords:

social justice, criminal justice, crime victims, secondary victimization

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.73265

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/73265

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