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 to establish a sense of power and control over their lives; the court requires them to submit to a complex set of rules and procedures that they may not understand, and over which they have no control.
Victims of crime need an opportunity to tell their stories in their own way, in a setting of their choice; the court requires them to respond to a set of yes-or-no questions that break down any personal attempt to construct a coherent and meaningful narrative.
Victims of crime often need to control or limit their exposure to speci?c reminders of the trauma; the court requires them to relive the experience by directly confronting the perpetrator.
The psychological needs of victims need to be considered in line with legal processes.