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Historical Justice through Redress Schemes?: The practice of interpreting the law and physical child abuse in Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1090-9798
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College.
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of History, ISSN 0346-8755, E-ISSN 1502-7716, p. 1-24Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The Swedish Redress Scheme intended for victims of historical child abuse inout-of-home care compensated only 46 % of claimants who sought economic compensation for past harms. This article explores the reasons behind this comparatively low validation rate by investigating a) how the eligibilitycriteria of the Redress Act were evaluated by the Redress Board, and b) the justifications and underlying values used when applications were rejected with reference to that the reported abuse was not deemed to be sufficiently severe according to past standards. Victim capital, which determines how vulnerable or credible a victim is perceived to be by others, as well as competence and narration are essential aspects for this type of legal proceeding. The article demonstrates that the claimants had to traverse a complicated web of criteriato be awarded compensation. The outcomes for claimants were affected by how the past was conceptualised in this legal setting, what competences the victims themselves possessed, what competence and resources the administrative system offered, and to the extent to which the decision-making process fragmented victims’ narratives.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. p. 1-24
Keywords [en]
redress, child abuse, victim capital, fragmentation
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History Law and Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-153901DOI: 10.1080/03468755.2018.1555100Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85059065035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-153901DiVA, id: diva2:1280339
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Limits of State Responsibility: Redress to Victims of Historical Child Abuse in Out-of-home Care
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2014-0279Available from: 2019-01-18 Created: 2019-01-18 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved

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