Direct and Indirect Victims Paper

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Direct and Indirect VictimsNameClassDateProfessorDirect and Indirect Victims When a criminal offender commits a crime it will have a direct or indirect impact on the victims. When the impact directly or indirectly affects the victim it can cause them not only financial or physical damage but psychological damage. The direct victim is the individual that is directly affected by the crime. For example the victim of an assault is directly impacted by the crime. The indirect victim is impacted by the crime based on what happened to the direct victim. For example the family member of a murder victim would be directly impacted due to their pain and grief form losing their loved one. When discussing the vignette "I fell into this deep, dark hole with no steps" and "We're having a problem forgiving the judge and the system" discusses how victims are shaped by the crime that are perpetuated against them. When the victim is not only damaged by the criminal offender but is then re-victimized by the judicial system the psychological damage can be immense (Huyse, 2003). This type of damage can be from the result of the victim being able to directly engage in

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