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Child Victims and Restorative JusticeA Needs-Rights Model$
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Tali Gal

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744718

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744718.001.0001

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Child Victims in the Criminal Justice System

Child Victims in the Criminal Justice System

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(p.91) 4 Child Victims in the Criminal Justice System
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Child Victims and Restorative Justice
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Tali Gal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744718.003.0004

This chapter first uncovers the strains generated from the involvement in the criminal justice process for all victims. Next, it considers the unique difficulties for child victims, resulting in short as well as long term effects on children's emotional wellbeing and behaviour. Some recent reforms and findings regarding their partial success are discussed. Finally, the chapter evaluates the criminal justice system through the needs-rights model. Analyzed this way, it becomes clear that even if all victim-friendly reforms were to be applied to all cases of child victims, children's rights and needs would still not be met in a satisfactory way. Their rehabilitation and best interests, while possibly in the background, are not assigned high priority in the process. Child victims' participation is limited and problematic. Important aspects of children's development and the right to equality are further neglected. In the concluding part, some suggestions for improving current criminal justice processes are presented.

Keywords:   criminal justice, law reform, child victims, child witnesses

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