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START DATE 23 March 2016

Oasis Theatre

How an offender can be a victim: A study into the social attitudes towards victims, offenders, and their identities within a student population

Lydia Miller

Sheffield Hallam University



There is a considerable amount of research and theory that groups offenders and victims into two discrete categories. This study explores the concept of an individual possessing victim and offender identities simultaneously. Focus groups were conducted on the student population of Sheffield Hallam University to explore opinions around the notion of the stereotypical victim and offender labels and the interaction of these identities within one person. The role of the media in influencing opinion on victims and offenders will also be discussed. Through all four focus group discussions, it was found that all participants upheld the stereotypical view of victim and offender identities and very few acknowledged the dualism concept, citing the media as a factor in influencing their views.




Lydia currently practices as a Cognitive Behavioural therapist with presentations such as depression, anxiety disorders, and severe and enduring mental health problems. She has a B.Sc. in Criminology and Psychology and M.Sc. in Psychology, both from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies from the University of Manchester and a Postgraduate certificate in Low Intensity CBT from the University of Sheffield, UK. Her research interests include mental health, specifically the stigma of mental health problems and third wave cognitive behavioural therapies such as Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


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