Factors Influencing Discretionary Decision-Making of Victims of Crime

6 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2021

See all articles by Dr Sara Golru

Dr Sara Golru

The University of Sydney, Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 2017

Abstract

A victim’s discretionary decision to report a crime is subject to the influence of widespread community beliefs that have historically pervaded all aspects of the criminal justice process from initial police investigations to the trial. The choice of victims to report an offence is also controlled by overriding public interest considerations that often effectively prioritise community protection over victims' rights. The aim and effect of these influences is to diminish the accountability of the offender and distort the administration of criminal justice by discouraging the reporting of crime.

Keywords: criminal justice; criminal law; victims of crime; discretion

Suggested Citation

Golru, Dr Sara, Factors Influencing Discretionary Decision-Making of Victims of Crime (September 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3905648 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3905648

Dr Sara Golru (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Faculty of Law Building, F10
Sydney, NSW
Australia

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
29
Abstract Views
185
PlumX Metrics