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Victim Advocacy in the Courtroom
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This volume examines sentencing hearings in criminal court and the presentation of victim impact statements, as well as child protection cases in juvenile court and the recommendations of guardians ad litem (GALS). Through interviews, observations, and textual analysis, all deeply grounded in an innovative court watch program, the authors illuminate the most effective persuasive practices of victim advocates and GALS as they help protect the rights and needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Mary Lay Schuster and Amy D. Propen offer nuanced interpretations of these strategies in the courtroom setting and provide an understanding of how to develop successful advocacy for vulnerable parties in the legal arena.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. 1. Victim Advocacy in the Courtroom
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. 2. Perspectives for Understanding Advocacy in the Courtroom
  2. pp. 26-54
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  1. 3. Reason and Emotion, Objectivity and Subjectivity, in the Courtroom
  2. pp. 55-81
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  1. 4. Issues of Credibility, Trust, and Power for Victims and Their Advocates
  2. pp. 82-111
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  1. 5. Advocacy Work: Giving Voice to the Vulnerable and Abused
  2. pp. 112-144
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  1. 6. The Rhetorical Work of Victim Advocates and Guardians ad Litem: Perspectives and Recommendations
  2. pp. 145-168
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  1. Appendixes
  2. pp. 167-200
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 201-214
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  1. References
  2. pp. 215-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-234
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