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Re-framing prosecutorial perceptions of ‘justice’: Towards the goal of ‘thrivership’

Porter, A.D. (2023) Re-framing prosecutorial perceptions of ‘justice’: Towards the goal of ‘thrivership’. In: Burton, Mandy, ed. Research Handbook on Domestic Violence and Abuse. Research Handbook Series . Edward Elgar, UK. (Submitted) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:104477)

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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) launched its Domestic Abuse Delivery Programme 2022 – 2023 squarely pronouncing domestic abuse as ‘a crime that will not be tolerated’ (CPS, 2022a). The service’s programme vows to raise public confidence in the criminal justice response (CPS, 2022b) by ‘improving victim safety’ (Ibid). The framing of achieving victim safety through delivery of ‘improved’ [read successful] prosecutions is not probed, but assumed. This chapter situates this prosecutorial confidence in the criminal law as a means of obtaining ‘justice’ and ‘safety’ for victims in the context of the modern liberal democratic state and the punitive and preventive turns (Carvalho, 2017). It seeks to uncover the logics that led to this ‘cruel optimism’ (Berlant, 2011). Drawing on empirical work conducted by the author and others, it proposes alternative conceptions of 'justice' that might instead guide the prosecutor.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Thrivership, justice, CPS, Domestic Abuse
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Antonia Porter
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2024 13:39 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 13:36 UTC
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