Child Victims

Published 13/10/2004
Type Article
Author(s) Gwyneth Boswell
Corresponding Authors Gwyneth Boswell, De Montfort University

This paper provides some critical reflections on the relatively neglected topic of child victims. In an attempt to address some current knowledge gaps, it considers the scope of available crime data, examines how children may be victims on the grounds of their personal characteristics, and looks at children’s relationship to prevailing legislation and societal power dynamics, both in the UK and abroad . In highlighting some of the consequences of child victimisation, it argues for the shoring up of both interprofessional responses and potential prevention strategies.