Running head: VICTIMOLOGY
Role of the Feminist Movement in the Development of the Victims' Movement
The victims' movement or what is commonly referred to as the victims' rights movement
describes the converging of events and other social movements, which led to the efforts that
changed legal and social policies which were harmful to the crime victims, They were also
instrumental in developing newer policies which accepted the impact of crime on both the
individual and their family. What those policies introduced were newer services for the victims
and also assisted for them to recover from such criminal incidence. Additionally, such policies
helped involve the victims in programs of criminal justice and system proceeding and assisted
them to follow and prosecute the perpetrators of such crime successfully.
There was an increased focus by the government and other stakeholders on fighting crime
following the crime surges in the 1960s. The attitudes of the leaders at the time changed to taking
tough stances on such issues. Different stakeholders worked together; they included the criminal
justice system, federal policymakers, and the victim advocacy groups which included the
feminist movement (NCVLI, 2011). Those groups worked together in fighting crime through
increased penalties for offenses. Victims' rights movement received a lot of backing especially in
the 1960s and 1970s period from various movements of the time. One of the ...
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