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Unit Overview


The victim has come to play an increasing role in criminal justice policy and practice. This unit explores this development against the backdrop of relevant theoretical literature. It considers the extent and demographics of victimisation, comparing women and men, the young and the old, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal and urban and rural victims. It considers questions of family, domestic and sexual violence and also the relevance to the debate of 'victimless crimes'. The unit then considers how victims are dealt with in the criminal process including police contact, the treatment of victims in court, the extent to which the victim's wishes should be reflected in sentences, the role of new initiatives such as restorative justice in victim involvement; and the politics of victim issues and questions of victim-centred treatment. The unit also examines the psychological and social repercussions of victimisation, and new areas of victimisations such as stalking and cyber-stalking.

6 points

Students are able to (1) become aware of the needs of victims of crime—including vulnerable groups such as children; (2) understand the complex processes (legal, moral, social, medical) through which 'victim' status is conferred; (3) think critically about the role of justice and justice-related agencies including courts and police; (4) understand how forms of victimisation change over time; and (5) understand the diversity of potential mechanisms for ensuring victim involvement and empowerment.


This comprises a take-home test and a 5000-word essay.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Edna Erez
Contact hours
offered intensively
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