Victimhood and Agency: How Taking Charge Takes its Toll
31 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2016
Date Written: May 1, 2016
This project addresses an unexplored tension in the civil justice system with regard to victims. The civil justice process generally depends on victims taking action – but “active” victims may face unanticipated consequences. I find that victims who play an active role in the justice process are blamed more, and recover less in damages. These findings are mediated by perceptions of victim agency.
Keywords: law and psychology, victimhood, agency, torts, civil justice
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