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Victimology, 7th Edition, introduces students to the criminal justice system in the United States and its impact on crime victims. Authors William Doerner and Steven Lab provide a fresh look at the theoretical basis of victimology and then present the key facets of crime and its effects. They examine financial and social costs both to the individual and to the larger community. This new edition brings forward the theoretical foundation of victimology into Part 1 to establish a clear conceptual framework and reduce repetition. Emerging trends in the field receive greater emphasis in this edition, including non-adversarial resolution options that offer remediation for crime victims. Crimes like intimate-partner violence and victimization in the work or school environment continue to take a toll, and the authors examine efforts to prevent these crimes as well as responses after an incident occurs. Doerner and Lab challenge students to rethink the current response to crime victims and to develop improved approaches to this costly social issue. Online supplements are available for both professors and students.

This breakthrough work provides an organizing structure for the history and current state of the field of victimology, and outlines the reasons compelling a separate focus on crime victims. Highly readable, Victimology explores the role of victimology in today’s criminal justice system, examining the consequences of victimization and the various remedies now available for victims. A new chapter covers the important implications of restorative justice. The text is supplemented by illustrative figures and tables as well as learning objectives, key terms and a listing of related Internet sites.

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"This sixth edition of a text on the history and current state of the field of victimology offers a new chapter on property victimization and an expanded chapter on personal victimization. The text explores the role of victimology in today's criminal justice system, examines consequences of victimization and various remedies available for victims, and analyzes policy decisions. Some areas examined are measuring criminal victimization, restorative justice, types of restitution and compensation, sexual battery and intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, and victimization at work and school. Learning features include chapter objectives, key terms, and a list of websites." — Reference and Research Book News
This text overviews the history of the study of crime victims and victimology, then examines the development of victimization surveys, the costs associated with being a crime victim and the burdens of becoming involved with the criminal justice system, and how the criminal justice system responds to victimization and the continuing needs of victims. The text details issues surrounding specific forms of criminal victimization including sexual assault, spousal abuse, and homicide, as well as victimization that takes place in schools and the workplace. Doerner is affiliated with Florida State University. Lab is affiliated with Bowling Green State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437734867
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/6/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 558,384
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

William G. Doerner has been a Professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University since 1977. He specializes in victimology and law enforcement issues. He earned his M.A. in Sociology at Emory University (1973) and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Tennessee (1977). Doerner recently retired from active duty with the Tallahassee Police Department after 29 years of service as a part-time sworn law enforcement officer. He served on the Board of Directors for the National Organization of Victim Assistance, was the Founding President of the Florida Network of Victim/Witness Services, is past Director of the Program in Criminal Justice at Florida State University, and a previous editor of the American Journal of Criminal Justice. In addition to other professional accolades, Doerner received the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from the Southern Criminal Justice Association and was a winner of the John P.J. Dussich Award from the American Society of Victimology. An article he and his son published in Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management was designated one of four outstanding papers of the year in 2012.

Steven P. Lab is Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Program and Chair of the Department of Human Services at Bowling Green State University. His research interests include victims of crime, crime prevention, juvenile delinquency, and school crime. Lab received his Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University in 1982. He has been a faculty member at Bowling Green since 1987. His primary research interests are in crime prevention and juvenile justice; he is the author of three textbooks and two edited works, and has published more than 30 articles on various topics.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures xiii
List of Tables xvii
Chapter 1 The Scope of Victimology 1
Introduction 1
The Victim Throughout History 1
The Reemergence of the Victim 3
Empirical Studies of Victim Precipitation 9
A New Approach: General Victimology 13
Critical Victimology 16
The Victim Movement 17
Summary and Overview of This Book 21
Key Terms 23
Chapter 2 Gauging the Extent of Criminal Victimization 25
Introduction 25
The Uniform Crime Reports 26
Statistics from the UCR 27
Victimization Surveys 30
Statistics from the NCVS 43
Repeat Victimization 48
Summary 51
Key Terms 51
Chapter 3 The Costs of Being a Victim 53
Introduction 53
The Consequences of Victimization 54
Prosecutorial-Based Victim-Witness Projects 63
Beyond the Prosecutor's Office 72
Dissenting Voices 76
Summary 79
Key Terms 79
Chapter 4 Remedying the Plight of Victims 81
Introduction 81
Offender Restitution 82
Civil Litigation 89
Private Insurance 93
Victim Compensation 93
Does Victim Compensation Work? 101
Summary 106
Key Terms 106
Chapter 5 Sexual Assault 109
Introduction 109
Defining Sexual Assault 110
Measuring the Extent of Rape 113
Theories of Sexual Assault 121
The Aftermath of Rape 126
Legal Reforms 130
The Impact of Legal Reform 138
Responding to Sexual Assault Victims 140
Summary 147
Key Terms 147
Chapter 6 Spouse Abuse 149
Introduction 149
A Brief History of Spousal Violence 150
The Extent of Spousal Violence 152
Theories of Spouse Abuse 156
Police Intervention 161
The Minneapolis Experiment 165
Reaction to the Minneapolis Experiment 167
The Minneapolis Experiment Replications 173
Prosecutorial and Judicial Action 175
Coordinating System Approaches 181
More Recent Responses 183
Summary 195
Key Terms 196
Chapter 7 Child Maltreatment 199
Introduction 199
The Discovery of Child Maltreatment 199
Understanding the Discovery of Child Maltreatment 201
A Survey of Child Maltreatment Laws 202
The Incidence of Child Maltreatment 210
Some Characteristics of Maltreated Children 213
Theories of Child Maltreatment 214
Some Coping Strategies 218
Summary 231
Key Terms 231
Chapter 8 Elder Abuse 233
Introduction 233
Defining the Elderly 234
Criminal Victimization of the Elderly 234
Fear of Crime 236
Elder Abuse and Neglect 241
The Incidence of Elder Maltreatment 246
Some Characteristics of Victims and Offenders 249
Institutional Abuse 251
Theories of Elder Abuse and Neglect 253
Responding to Elder Abuse and Neglect 257
Summary 260
Key Terms 261
Chapter 9 Homicide 263
Introduction 263
The Extent of Homicide Victimization 264
Theories of Homicide Victimization 271
Survivors of Homicide Victimization 285
Summary 290
Key Terms 291
Chapter 10 Victimization at Work and School 293
Introduction 293
Victimization at Work 294
Victimization at School 307
Sexual Harassment 318
Summary 324
Key Terms 325
Chapter 11 Victim Rights 327
Introduction 327
Victim Rights Amendment 328
Victim Rights Legislation 336
The Effect of Victim Rights Legislation 346
Victim Impact Statements 346
Informal Victim Participation 350
Some Closing Thoughts 355
Summary 357
Key Terms 358
References 359
Subject Index 407
Author Index 415
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