Utilizing Foucault's genealogical method, this book traces the history and development of the victim from feudal law, arguing that the historical power of the victim to police, prosecute and punish offenders significantly informed the development of the modern criminal law and justice system. Leading to the repositioning of the victim in the twenty-first century, this book advocates the victim as an agent of change, presenting a new perspective for the relevance of the victim in today's justice system.
1. The victim as concept. 2. Private prosecution. 3. Public prosecution. 4. Police. 5. Prisons, penalty and punishment. 6. The erosion of the victim and the rise of the state power from 1600. 7. Emergence of the victim rights movement. 8. Relocating the victim in common law and statute. 9. The victim as an agent of criminal law and justice.