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In many ways, the two fields of victimology and crime prevention have developed along parallel yet separate paths, and the literature on both has been scattered across disciplines as varied as sociology, law and criminology, public health and medicine, political science and public policy, economics, psychology and human services, and others. The Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention brings together in one authoritative resource the dispersed information and knowledge on both victimology and crime prevention. With nearly 375 entries, this two-volume set moves victimology and crime prevention one step further into recognized scholarly fields whose research informs practice and whose practice informs research.

Key Features

  • Provides users with the most authoritative and comprehensive coverage available on victimology and crime prevention
  • Presents victimology and crime prevention as their own separate, justifiable disciplines rather than subfields within more established disciplines
  • Discusses the status of victims within the criminal justice system, as well as topics of deterring and preventing victimization in the first place and responding to victims’ needs
  • Offers “anchor essays” written by leading scholars in their respective fields to provide starting points for investigating the more salient victimology and crime prevention topics

Key Themes

  • Business Prevention Actions
  • Civil Justice System
  • Correlates of Victimization
  • Courts: Alternative Remedies
  • Courts: Law and Justice
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crime Prevention Partnerships
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Fear of Crime
  • Individual Protection Actions
  • Interventions and Intervention Programs for Victim and Offender
  • Intrafamilial Offenses
  • Legislation and Statutes
  • Media and Crime Prevention
  • Methodology
  • Offenses, Special Topics
  • Official Crime Data
  • Personal Offenses
  • Property Offenses
  • Psychological, Mental, and Physical Health Issues
  • Residential Community Crime Prevention
  • School and Workplace Offenses
  • School-Based Crime Prevention
  • Services and Treatment for Victims
  • Theory
  • Victimization Scales and Surveys
  • Victimology
  • Youth-Focused Crime Prevention


The victimology–crime prevention nexus provides the foundation for a comprehensive and, hopefully, long-lasting approach to addressing the public’s risk of being victimized and aids individuals who are targeted by a criminal act. This is a welcome addition to any academic library. The availability in print and electronic formats provides students with convenient, easy access wherever they may be.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine
"....Features some 370 signed articles by leading authorities and practitioners on topics within the separate but complementary fields of victimology and crime prevention....This set will be useful for colleges and universities supporting programs in criminology or law, feminist studies, psychology and human services, political science and public policy, and sociology. It is also offered electronically throuogh SAGE Reference Online. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above. "— J.J. Harrison
CHOICE - J.J. Harrison
"....Features some 370 signed articles by leading authorities and practitioners on topics within the separate but complementary fields of victimology and crime prevention....This set will be useful for colleges and universities supporting programs in criminology or law, feminist studies, psychology and human services, political science and public policy, and sociology. It is also offered electronically throuogh SAGE Reference Online. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above."
Against the Grain
"...The bulk of each entry discusses the crime within the context of its victims and its possible prevention. In addition, there are essays covering different theories of crime and violence as well as those focused on methodologies including a number of victimization scales and surveys.... In short, these two volumes provide readers a well-balanced and thorough reference that lends clarity to both disciplines while at the same time showing their complimentary nature. Undergraduate students are an obvious audience for this reference, and academic libraries would do well to consider it. However, it will also be a valuable resource for victim advocacy groups and crime prevention agencies."
Library Journal
Defining victimology as "issues related to actions that fall under the criminal law," this two-volume set features 373 signed, alphabetically arranged articles that are accessible via a comprehensive index and a topical guide. Rather than a table of contents, both volumes include a list of entries identifying the 11 anchor articles that run 5000 words in length and the shorter 1000- to 3000-word essays. Topics range from "Reassurance Policing" and "Neighborhood Watch Programs" to "Football Hooliganism" and "Victim Blaming"; several feature charts, graphs, or maps. Each signed article includes See also references (also found in the detailed index), a suggested reading bibliography, and recommended websites (a feature in the appendix as well). While the majority of the 331 contributors are from U.S. academic institutions, a few contributors represent views from England, the West Indies, Canada, and Israel. The Contributors Index identifies the authors by name and institutional affiliation or a vague title such as Independent Consultant. This work could be improved by a commitment to either go global throughout the set or limit the title to the United States. Plenty of current, accurate titles on both subjects exist, but this is the first work to link crime prevention and victimology overtly in one resource. Criminal justice professors Fisher (Univ. of Cincinnati) and Lab (Bowling Green State Univ.) have edited and authored numerous books and journal articles on this topic. BOTTOM LINE Those studying law enforcement, the judicial system, victim's services, criminal justice, and social services as well as victims caught in the criminal justice system will find this helpful. Purchase where needed.—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412960472
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Pages: 1174
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 3.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie S. Fisher is a Professor in the Division of Criminal Justice and Research Fellow in the Center for Criminal Justice Research at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Fisher received her Ph.D. (1988) in Political Science from Northwestern University. She is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of sexual, violent and stalking victimization of college women, including repeat victimization, self-protection effectiveness, and fear of crime, and how post-secondary schools’ respond to reports of sexual victimization. She has authored more than 150 publications in national and international peer-reviewed criminology, criminal justice, crime prevention, gerontology, legal, medical, methodological, nursing, urban planning, public administration, psychology, security, and victimology periodicals. She also has edited three volumes that focus on victimization issues: Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention; Campus Crime (with Steven P. Lab); Legal, Social and Political Perspectives, 2nd edition (with John Sloan, III); Violence Against Women and Family Violence; and Developments in Research, Practice, and Policy. She has been the co-editor of the Security Journal since 1998. She has served as the Deputy Editor of Justice Quarterly and since 2008 has been the Associate Editor of the Journal of Research Crime and Delinquency. She has been the Principal Investigator or Co-PI on several U.S. Department of Justice grants examining a range of college student victimization issues and on a grant from the British Home Office to examine college student victimization in the East Midlands, United Kingdom. Currently she is a Co-PI on a National Institute of Health grant examining forensic sexual examinations and the use of digital images and staining techniques to enhance the detection of injuries and the use of digital images in decision making among the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and juries in the criminal justice process.

Steven P. Lab (Ph.D., Criminology, Florida State University, 1982) has been a member of the Criminal Justice faculty at Bowling Green State University since 1987 and is currently Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Program and Chair of the Department of Human Services. Dr. Lab is a nationally recognized expert in the area of crime prevention and is the author of Crime Prevention: Approaches, Practices and Evaluations, Fifth Edition. His research interests also include juvenile delinquency, school crime, and victims of crime. He is the author of over three dozen articles or book chapters and author or editor of 5 books. He has also served as editor of the Journal of Crime and Justice. Dr. Lab is a regular consultant for the National Institute of Justice on research and funding activities in the areas of crime prevention, community policing, school crime, gang behavior and interventions, and police partnerships to address crime. He is currently leading an effort to develop a 5-year strategic plan to direct NIJ funding in the area of crime prevention. Dr. Lab is a Past President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and has served in many other capacities for ACJS, the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Educators, and the Police Section of ACJS.

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