Assisting Victims of Terrorism

Towards a European Standard of Justice

  • Rianne Letschert
  • Antony Pemberton
  • Ines Staiger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Rianne Letschert, Ines Staiger
    Pages 1-30
  3. Antony Pemberton
    Pages 73-141
  4. Antony Pemberton
    Pages 143-170
  5. Rianne Letschert, Karin Ammerlaan
    Pages 215-266
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 339-348

About this book


The large-scale terrorist attacks on 9/11 resulted in more attention being devoted to victims of terrorist acts. Discussions took place on how their needs could be best accommodated. The Madrid bombings in March 2004 gave further impetus to this process. This development is also part of a recent trend towards general victim of crime policies that branch out into specialized policies devised to meet the needs of particular groups of victims such as victims of trafficking, victims of sexual violence and abuse or victims of traffic accidents. However, although a movement of national and international solidarity relating to addressing the needs of victims of terrorism has developed, political consensus is still fragile.

This book provides a thorough analysis of the specific needs of victims of terrorism (using both legal and psycho-social studies), compared to victims of other forms of crime. The study combines different disciplines, enabling to combine the different perspectives leading to synergy in the analysis of the legal and psycho-social needs of victims of terrorism. Furthermore the appropriateness of restorative justice practices in the context of terrorism is included and provides challenging new insights.


11 September 2001 11. September 2001 9/11 European criminal law RAF Terrorist compensation criminal policy criminology justice restorative justice terrorism victimology victims victims of terrorism

Editors and affiliations

  • Rianne Letschert
    • 1
  • Antony Pemberton
    • 2
  • Ines Staiger
    • 3
  1. 1.International VictimologyTilburg UniversityTilburgNetherlands
  2. 2.International VictimologyTilburg UniversityTilburgNetherlands
  3. 3.Leuvens Instituut vr Criminologie (LINC)Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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