Title

‘It’. Dead Place’. Qualitative Exploration of Violence Survivors’ Perceptions of Justice Architecture

Publication Date

2018

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Each year, thousands of victims of violence enter the Canadian criminal justice system and, by extension, justice buildings, such as police stations and courthouses. The architecture and design of these buildings communicate symbolic messages about justice and may influence the emotions, behaviors, and well-being of survivors. This qualitative study explored survivors’ emotional experiences with justice architecture. Findings reveal that survivors experience justice architecture as cold and hard. facilitator of feelings of insignificance; lacking in privacy and; representative of their raw emotional state. The author discusses implications of these findings for victim engagement in the context of justice spaces. © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Publication Title

Contemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice

Volume

21

Issue

2

First Page

208

Last Page

222

DOI

10.1080/10282580.2018.1455511

Version

pre print, post print (with 18 month embargo)

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