The impact on victims of crimes of the criminal justice system

  The criminal justice system can have both a positive and a negative impact on the mental health of victims of crime. The justice system by allowing victims to confront assailants with the damage that they have caused may hold the prospect of allowing them to come to terms with their experiences. Reaching a court settlement may be part of…

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Trauma and Nightmares

Nightmares are common for trauma survivors, and sometimes go on for months or years. Victims who develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and/or who have other mental health problems, are more likely experience nightmares. Nightmares after trauma often involve the same frightening elements of the trauma and about 50% are actual repeats of the trauma. Nightmares after trauma also…

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Victims of Crime Risk Factors for Developing PTSD

  PTSD in response to sexual assault range from 30 to 80% (depending on the type of sexual victimization). Rates of PTSD in response to physical assault range from 23 to 39%. Younger people are at increased risk of victimization, and, once victimized, are more likely to develop PTSD. Some forms of trauma such as rape, perceived life threat during…

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Victims Psychological Risks during Legal Processes

  For victims of crime involvement in the justice system may sometimes compound the original injury, known as a “re-victimization.”  Often the mental well-being of crime victims is diametrically opposed to the requirements of legal proceedings: Victims of crime need social acknowledgment and support; the court requires them to endure a public challenge to their credibility. Victims of crime need…

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Restorative Justice and Offender Recidivism

  The effects of face-to-face restorative justice conferences involving victims and offenders, compared with usual court procedures, for victims of crime: On the issue of repeat offending  restorative justice has been found to be favourable. On the issue of how satisfied victims are with their own justice experience  strongly favours the intervention.  Victims’ fears of re-victimization by their offender…

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Let’s put the seniors in jail and the criminals in a nursing home

Let’s put the seniors in jail and the criminals in a nursing home. This way the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks. They’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they’d receive money instead of paying it out. They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly…

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People Against Lenient Sentencing (PALS) RE: Pithouse

Dear Chief Magistrate Gray, Further to my earlier correspondence to you regarding Mr. Pithouse and his contemptible attitudes to victims, today’s story in the Sunday Heraldsun highlights just how out of touch this questionable Hulls appointment has turned out to be. Judging by his previous performances you should be treating my requests with a little more seriousness than the flippant way you…

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Smart Justice Solutions

Recent recommendations by the Victoria Law Foundation include: 1. An independent victims advocate. To build an effective and responsive system for all victims we need an independent statutory victims advocate similar to South Australia’s Commissioner for Victims’ Rights. 2. Better access to support services. Victims need a direct link to support services and a more proactive referral system,…

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Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma

Trauma and the related symptoms can also be passed from parent to child, and this is called intergenerational transmission of trauma. This may happen when the child is discouraged from talking about disturbing events, thoughts, or feelings; when parents share too many details of the traumatic event; when the child adopts the parent’s symptoms as…

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Psychopathy & Criminal Behaviour

Crimes involving gratuitous, completely un-provoked, or non-retaliatory, violence unleashed on victims ranging from children in home environments to ordinary, inoffensive folk in the streets; the elderly -and notably, young people, both generally and in entertainment precincts and venues. On the rise ?  Certainly – Government denials and ‘spin’ to the contrary. (Statistics, and empirical evidence;…

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