Assessing Where We Are, Where We Should Go, and How Best to Get There

Michelle L. Meloy and Susan L. Miller

in The Victimization of Women

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199765102
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944187 | DOI:
Assessing Where We Are, Where We Should Go, and How Best to Get There

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This chapter examines several complex victim-related issues that were not extensively addressed elsewhere in the book, such as the politics of victimization and topics germane to the social and legal labeling of crime victims and victimizations. It raises unresolved questions about female victims and the politics of the victimization discourse, debating whether the responses are largely symbolic or whether they offer real reform. It also analyzes the policy outcomes associated with Violence Against Women Act monies and reviews several promising state-level prevention programs aimed at reducing the victimization of women and children. In addition, it offers some overall recommendations regarding the future directions of the victims' rights movement aimed at ending violence against women. The chapter concludes by considering alternatives to victims' use of the formal criminal justice system, looking at the potential of restorative justice and other dispute resolution alternatives.

Keywords: Violence Against Women Act; victimization; children; women; restorative justice; criminal justice; crime victims; politics; victims' rights movement; violence against women

Chapter.  11313 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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