If property was stolen, or someone was injured or killed, the guilty person would have to pay weregild as restitution to the victim's family, or to the owner of the property.
Another concern is the right of a victim and the victim's family to privacy after death.
On December 7, 2011, District Attorney of Philadelphia R. Seth Williams announced that prosecutors, with the support of the victim's family, would no longer seek the death penalty for Abu-Jamal and would accept a sentence of life imprisonment without parole.
In many such societies the redress was not via a legal system, but by blood revenge, although there might also be a form of payment that could be made instead—such as the weregild which in early Germanic society could be paid to the victim's family in lieu of their right of revenge.
In pre-Norman times in England there was no distinct criminal code – a murderer could pay compensation to the victim's family under the principle of "buy off the spear or bear it".
SPLC represented the victim's family in a civil case and won a judgment of $1 million from the church in March 1994.
Other practices included property damage, sabotage of cars, purposely incorrect medical treatment, smear campaigns including sending falsified compromising photos or documents to the victim's family, denunciation, provocation, psychological warfare, psychological subversion, wiretapping, bugging, mysterious phone calls or unnecessary deliveries, even including sending a vibrator to a target's wife.
It was assessed from the guilty party, payable as restitution to the victim's family.
The scheduled execution was to be viewed only by the victim's family, a minister, and law officers.
It is legal for murder, rape, and drug trafficking unless the criminal pays diyya to the victim's family, thus attaining their forgiveness (see Sharia).
Afterwards, the victim's family claimed that Carrefour has refused to meet with them to settle the case.
During the Middle Ages, payment to the victim (or the victim's family), known as wergild, was another common punishment, including for violent crimes.
The detectives continue their investigation by interviewing witnesses and possible suspects, all the while tracing the victim's last known movements and victim's state of mind (by talking to the victim's family, friends and co-workers).
He said that Uday neutralized women who refused him with alcohol and drugs, raped them, recorded it, if the victim's family was important, he terrorized the family by blackmail, and Uday even started to look 12-year-old girls after he was 30 years old.
The victim's family created the James Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing after his death.
While it may be seen as beneficial to involve the victim's family in the process, there are multiple issues stemming from this.
True crime media can be produced without the consent of the victim's family, which can lead to their being re-traumatized.
For instance, a crime of murder would lead to the creation of a bond of marriage between the victim's family and the accused's family;
the verdict was overturned on appeal and he was subsequently released, but in 2005 he was ordered to pay the victim's family £6 million in a civil case.
This fact is speculated to be the motive behind the murder of his son in 2019, though the suspect has been sent to a secure hospital unit due to a "delusional general aversion" against the victim's family.