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The Campaigning Survivors: Justice for Victims, Activism, and the Mass Media

PAUL ROCK

in After Homicide

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780198267959
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683428 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267959.003.0007

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

The Campaigning Survivors: Justice for Victims, Activism, and the Mass Media

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Although Support After Murder and Manslaughter (SAMM) and Victim Support were the most substantial organizations supporting homicide survivors in England and Wales in the mid-1990s, they were not alone. In and around their boundaries, reflexively defining themselves against the foils that SAMM and Victim Support were thought to provide, but working with their own nuanced logic as well, was a scattering of other groups which also strove to give meaning to violent death and its aftermath. This chapter focuses on Justice for Victims. Justice for Victims was minute, containing at its nucleus just four people, whilst SAMM's members could be numbered in the hundreds. But SAMM was to acquire some part of its own form (or formlessness) in its encounters with that body, constituting itself in the contrasts that it offered, just as Justice for Victims was constituting itself, and any history must therefore acknowledge its influence.

Keywords: support groups; voluntary organizations; Justice for Victims; Support After Murder and Manslaughter; Victim Support

Chapter.  14622 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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