Attitudes towards victims of crime: a double-edged sword?

Elizabeth Gilchrist

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)


Book abstract: Public opinion is vital to the functioning of the criminal justice system but it is not at all clear how best to establish what this is, and what views people have on different aspects of criminal justice and the criminal justice system. Politicians and the media often assume that the public wants harsher, tougher and longer sentences, and policies may be shaped accordingly. Detailed research and more specific polling often tells a different story.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Opinion and Criminal Justice
Place of PublicationCullompton
PublisherWillan Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781843924005
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • victims
  • crime
  • psychology
  • criminology


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