Victims at the Crossroads
Victims at the Crossroads Road traffic claims hundreds of victims each year. Which is why a lot of attention is given to measures reducing the number of road traffic accidents. But an issue that is just as important is the impact a road traffic accident has on the victims and surviving relatives and how we can improve their position. Dr. Pauline Aarten is trying to find the answers.
- Dr. Pauline Aarten
- 20 February 2020
- Stichting Achmea Slachtoffer en Samenleving [Dutch only]
A serious road traffic accident can have a physical impact such as, for instance, a prolonged or permanent injury. There can be direct financial consequences as result of sustained damage, but also indirect financial consequences as a result of a loss of income. Besides that, a road traffic accident also has an impact on the way someone functions psychologically. Many victims and surviving relatives are later diagnosed with a traumatic disorder.
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Dr. Pauline Aarten is assistant professor at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. She obtained her PhD in Criminology by studying suspended sentences in the Netherlands. Since then her focus has broadened to the study of crime and victimisation of severe offenses. Her research interests include severe violent crimes, victim-offender overlap, justice experiences and sentencing.