Victims' Right: Integrating victims in criminal proceedings

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Crime hurts individuals and groups of people. Crime also ―threatens the social order.

According to the common law jurist Blackstone, when ever a crime happens there are two victims: the actual person who is harmed or suffers a loss and the state whose law is violated.

Yet, until three decades ago the victim was largely ignored, even forgotten some say.

The victim was {to quote Young} ―saddled with enforcement and prosecutorial responsibilities for a process that did not address their needs or their losses.

The absence of a precise role for the victim, other than as a prosecution witness, is (however) inconsistent with the victim‘s actual importance to the criminal justice system.