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Research on existing approaches to raising offender awareness of the impact of their crimes on their victim: PS84-64/2017E-PDF

"Undoubtedly, the criminal justice system as a whole emphasizes the importance of victim awareness, empathy and remorse, and offender accountability. Unfortunately, the extent to which targeting these specific factors translates into reduced criminal reoffending and hence, increased public safety has not been thoroughly investigated in the research literature. Consequently, our objective is to describe what the relevant theoretical and empirical literature has concluded in this domain. Primarily, the issue of offender awareness of the impact of their crimes on their victims comes from an understanding of the role and relevance of empathy in the assessment and treatment of offenders. Moreover, much of the work conducted on empathy with offenders comes specifically from the sex offender literature, although recent work has begun to reflect all offender groups such that empathy is conceptualized within the broader context of antisocial behavior."--Introduction, p. 2.

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Title Research on existing approaches to raising offender awareness of the impact of their crimes on their victim
Publication Type Monograph
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
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Note At head of title: Special report. Issued also in French under title: Étude sur les méthodes actuellement utilisées pour sensibiliser davantage les délinquants aux répercussions de leurs crimes sur leurs victimes.
Date [2017?].
Number of Pages iv, 19 p.
Catalogue Number
  • PS84-64/2017E-PDF
Subject Terms Awareness, Rehabilitation, Criminal justice