Does Recent Victimization Impact Confidence in the Criminal Justice System?

Jeanna M. Mastrocinque, David McDowall

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Abstract: This study assesses whether recent victimization influences one’s confidence in the criminal justice system. Specifically, the study tests whether the predictors of confidence in major types of actors in the justice system are different for victims and nonvictims. British Crime Survey (BCS) data are analyzed using a series of structural equation models with multiple group methods. Overall, the findings support the idea that there is little difference between victims and nonvictims in how views of legal actors predict overall confidence. Additionally, prosecutors are slightly more influential on system confidence, regardless of victimization experience. Policy implications and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-499
Number of pages18
JournalVictims and Offenders
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Law


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