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By A. Cretney

ISBN-10: 0203423704

ISBN-13: 9780203423707

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It's a universal conception that violent crime is at the raise and social surveys list a starting to be worry of victimisation one of the public. but no longer all violence is criminalised, and masses legal violence nonetheless is going unreported. Punishing Violence examines the sequence of selections - by way of sufferers, law enforcement officials, prosecutors and courts - which verify even if violent behaviour is criminalised. Antonia Cretney and Gwynn Davis study the relationships underpinning violence, the explanations for violent acts and the standards militating opposed to profitable courtroom prosecutions. In doing so, they supply an authoritative account of the truth of attack and establish a significant dislocation among the needs of sufferers and the needs of the justice approach within the remedy of violent crime.

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I was shouting, he was pushing me, I was pushing him. I can’t remember, but maybe I did go for him first. Nonetheless Chapman accepted no blame for what had happened, as was reflected in her decision to report the incident to the police. Her anger arose from what she saw as years of abuse by this man (her mother’s partner). Her own admitted violence caused her no remorse because it occurred in the context of a relationship in which she felt abused. Other victims made what they regarded as an absolute distinction between verbal aggression and physical violence.

The eighteen pub/club assaults which we followed all involved significant injury—and yet only eleven of the eighteen were reported to the police, while among those eleven cases there were just five prosecutions, all of which produced a conviction. 2. Street attacks We distinguished between street attacks not having a pecuniary motive and assaults committed in the course of a robbery. g. between ‘town’ and ‘gown’), while others involved an entirely random encounter between an unfortunate passer-by and a single rogue male, out of sorts with himself and all the world following a quarrel and a drinking bout (in whatever order).

He believed that the violence was ‘a lot to do with the age group’, and also reflected the amount of drink ingested and the tension generated by having a great many bodies crammed together. It was the object of these establishments to try to cram as many people as possible into the available space. Bar staff were under constant pressure to serve drinks as quickly as possible. Because they were rushed off their feet they tended to be surly. Pubs and clubs such as this were dark, hot, and smoky. It was an atmosphere in which one positively anticipated fights breaking out.

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