n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Restoring the rights of victims of crime : editorial

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Criminal proceedings are legal actions between the state and the accused, with the primary focus to uphold social justice. During legal actions, victims of crime are represented by the state, which often results in the victim becoming the 'forgotten party' in the process. This is primarily because state representation may provide less room for victim participation and for their wishes to be acknowledged. In an ideal scenario, the involvement of the criminal justice system should have positive implications for the victim too, as the responsibility and burden of the judicial process does not lie with the victim alone (Laxminarayan, 2010). In many instances, however, this is not the case, as the court could actually infringe even further on the rights of victims of crime and cause revictimisation by professionals and paraprofessionals working in the criminal justice system (Hill, 2009).

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