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Who needs victim support?

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Publiceringsår: 2003
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 300-306
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: "Crime and Crime Control in an Integrating Europe" : rapport från NSfK:s 45. forskarseminarium, Helsingfors 2003
Dokumenttyp: Konferensbidrag
Förlag: Nordiska Samarbetsrådet för Kriminologi

Sammanfattning

To be in need or to manage is a question open for negotiation. The concept of need is depending on the
interpretation of the one who defines it. When a person is a victim of crime, her needs' can be defined
from many different perspectives. Organisations for victim support are becoming more and more
established. These organisations are founded on ideas of "need", the organisations are "needed" because
no one else gives the support that the victim "needs". Which are then the societal needs that create a space
for this kind of organisations and how do the persons involved regard the needs of the victims? I will
present results from a study of the Swedish victim support organisation. First, I will discuss the role of the
organisation in the Swedish welfare state. The main focus in my presentation will though be the volunteers
in this organisation. With data from interviews with volunteers, employees and supported victims as
well as data from a vignette study I will discuss the idea of the ideal victim as it is presented within the
organisation. This way, I elucidate how the needing victim is constructed and understood in the victim
support organisation and partly also how the need of this voluntary organisation can be understood in the
frame of the welfare state.

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  • Social Sciences

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  • ISBN: 951-53-2554-4

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