• Crime victims: theory, policy and practice

      Spalek, Basia; University of Derby (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005-12)
      From white-collar to environmental crime, and hate crime to sexual violence, the study of victims and of the processes of victimisation is indispensable to understanding the full scale of the effects of crime in society. In this book, Basia Spalek offers a theoretically detailed and empirically rich account of how victimology has developed into a field that transcends academic disciplines and brings together researchers, practitioners, activists and community members. This second edition of Crime Victims continues to be a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the historical, social, political and cultural issues and trends in approaches to victims and victimisation. It introduces victimological theory, explores the impacts of crime on victims, and the challenges involved in developing victim support services. In addition, acknowledging the increasing recognition of trauma as central to understanding victimisation, it includes a therapeutic toolkit for victims, offenders and practitioners working in and with the criminal justice system. With Cutting Edge Research and Case Study sections added at the end of each chapter to highlight victimology as a vibrant and continuously developing field, Crime Victims is an essential resource to a broad audience, ranging from students of victimology, criminology and sociology to practitioners and professionals.
    • Muslim communities, crime, victimisation and criminal justice

      Spalek, Basia; Davanna, Tracey; University of Derby (University of Chicago Press, 2016-11)
    • Radicalisation, de-radicalisation and counter-radicalisation in relation to families: Key challenges for research, policy and practice

      Spalek, Basia; University of Derby (Springer, 2015-12-29)
      This article explores linkages between research, policy and practice in relation to the role of families in violent and non-violent radicalisation. The article highlights that there are many similarities between the issues highlighted within the research literature and with those highlighted in policy and practice contexts. Both view families as potentially being risky, as well as potentially being a source of protection and rehabilitation. The article also takes a critical gaze towards families, suggesting that this may detract attention away from the wider socio-political factors that also play a significant role in radicalisation. A focus upon families can also inadvertently lead to the creation and perpetuation of a ‘suspect community’. The article suggests that while families can potentially provide a supportive environment for de-radicalisation and counter-radicalisation, safeguards around human rights, information exchange, and child protection must firmly be in place.
    • The role of communities in counter-terrorism: analysing policy and exploring psychotherapeutic approaches within community settings

      Spalek, Basia; Weeks, Douglas; University of Derby (Taylor and Francis, 2016-10-28)
      The role of communities in preventing or responding to terrorism and political violence is increasingly finding prominence within government strategies, nationally and internationally. At the same time, implementation of effective community based partnerships has been nominal. Adding additional complexity to this problem are policies such as Prevent in Britain which was arguably developed with good intentions but has received significant and sustained criticism by the very communities it sought to engage with. The result has been ongoing discussions within community practice and research arenas associated with radicalisation, extremism, and terrorism, as to the role, if any, that communities might play in the counter-terrorism environment. This article explores that environment and highlights some of the community based perceptions and initiatives that prevail in the UK. In particular, innovations around the development of psychotherapeutic frameworks of understanding in relation to counter-terrorism are discussed, alongside the role of connectors.