n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - The impact of victim empowerment centres

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



When crime is committed the main focus of the police is to arrest and prosecute the offender/s. The victim, who is the violated party, is excluded from the process and only gets involved when he or she testifies in order to assist the prosecution to obtain a conviction. The victim empowerment centreswere some of the structures that were created to promote the interests ofthe victims and to assist them to overcome the adverse effects of crime. Thisincludes familiarising the victims with the criminal justice system to alleviatethe anxiety of being involved in a system that could be completely foreignto them.

The operation and effectiveness of victim empowerment centres is crucial for the protection and the promotion of the victim's rights in the criminal justice system. Having been established in most police stations throughout the country, it is important to determine their effectiveness. The study used the objectives of the victim empowerment centres that are situated in police stations to determine their effectiveness in dealing with crime victims.

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