Victims of Crime, 1670-2020

Barry Godfrey, University of Liverpool

Since the 1980s, victims have been placed firmly on the criminological and public policy map. However, we know surprisingly little about past victims of crime. This paper explores how we might examine victims of crime using digitised data from England over three centuries - from the 1670s to the present. It discusses how new evidence bases could be used to establish who the 200,000 victims involved in trials over this period were, what relationship they had with offenders, how prosecution outcomes (in terms of acquittal or conviction) map onto victims' profiles. What kinds of cases were brought to trial - by victims, by the police and, after 1985, by the Crown Prosecution Service? How did those involved in cases not brought to trial secure access to justice? Which groups had the most effective access to justice in what circumstances and how has that changed over time?

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 Presented in Session 101. Regulating Criminal Bodies I