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Use of the term victim/survivor

The term survivor is sometimes used in place of the word victim. This is common in certain areas of research, particularly in relation to sexual or domestic and family violence. The author acknowledges that the term victim may not reflect the individual’s own view of their situation. However, for the purposes of describing the development of the database, the term victim will be used throughout this report to identify an individual who has experienced violent crime.