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.
Contemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice
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Barb Toews (2018) ‘It’s a dead place’: A qualitative exploration of violence survivors’ perceptions of justice architecture, Contemporary Justice Review, 21:2, 208-222, DOI: 10.1080/10282580.2018.1455511