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The Emeregence of Crime Victim: Sweden in a Scandinavian Context
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2011 (English)In: Crime and Justice in Scandinavia / [ed] Michael Tonry & Tapio Lappi-Seppälä, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011, 555-611 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Over recent decades, the issue of the crime victim has gained great prominence as a question for political and public debate in Sweden. This has manifested itself in amongst other things extensive legislation, the establishment of a new government agency and the emergence of several voluntary organizations. It is increasingly viewed as self-evident that the state has a responsibility towards the victims of crime. In turn, the crime victim discourse affects traditional legal principles such as punishment as ultima ratio, equality before the law and other legal safeguards. Crime victim policy in Sweden appears to be of a particularly activist nature, even for the Scandinavian, welfare state context. This is seen in areas such as rape legislation, the early prohibition of the purchase of sexual services and extensive compensation to crime victims for violations of integrity. Reasons for the trends found in Sweden can be sought in a culture that gives violations of integrity major prominence, in attempts to find new tasks for the welfare state and in a strong women's movement and a highly developed politics of sexual equality.

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Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. 555-611 p.
, Crime and Justice. A Review of Research, ISSN 0192-3234 ; Vol. 40
Keyword [en]
crime victim, Sweden, Scandinavia
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-68050ISBN: 978-0-226-80882-6OAI: diva2:471661
In collaboration with Anita Rönneling and Lise-Lotte RytterbroAvailable from: 2012-01-02 Created: 2012-01-02 Last updated: 2012-01-04Bibliographically approved

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