Trauma, secondary trauma and justice

According to Merriam-Webster: Trauma is the Greek word for ‘wound’. Although the Greeks used the term only for physical injuries, nowadays trauma is just as likely to refer to emotional wounds. We now know that a traumatic event can leave psychological symptoms long after any physical injuries have healed. The psychological reaction to emotional trauma now has an established name: post-traumatic Read More

Guest post: I was sexually assaulted

Crime Muse is all about breaking down the myths, misunderstandings and prejudices that surround crime and justice. Rather than just cite research and how it translates into practice, Crime Muse hopes to also share the stories and reflections of people who have experienced crime and faced issues in accessing justice. It is these truths that will Read More

Why victims of crime deserve a say in whether offenders are paroled

The recent release on parole of John Worboys, one of Britain’s most-prolific sex offenders, attracted controversy after his victims were not informed or consulted by the parole board. However, the law – and best practice – says they should have been. Under the UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Read More