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Victimology: Legal, Psychological, and Social Perspectives / Edition 3

Victimology: Legal, Psychological, and Social Perspectives / Edition 3

by Harvey Wallace


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900135071570
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication date: 01/19/2010
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Cliff Roberson LLM, PhD, is an Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, and a retired Professor of Criminology at California State University, Fresno, California. He has authored or co-authored numerous books and texts on legal subjects and victims’ issues. His previous academic experiences include Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Arkansas Tech University; Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Houston, Victoria; Director of Programs, National College of District Attorneys; Professor of Criminology and Director of Justice Center, California State University, Fresno; and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, St. Edwards University. Dr. Roberson’s non-academic experience includes U.S. Marine Corps service as an infantry officer, trial, and defense counsel and military judge as a marine judge advocate; and Director of the Military Law Branch, U.S. Marine Corps. Other legal employment experiences include Trial Supervisor, Office of State Counsel for Offenders, Texas Board of Criminal Justice, and judge pro-tem in the California courts.

His first involvement with victim issues came in 1981 when the State Bar of Texas appointed a committee on victim issues. He was fortunate to be appointed to that committee. In 1984 as Director of the Justice Center, California State University, Fresno, he authorized funds to hold a training course on victim services. Years later as a faculty member at Washburn University, he attended a conference in Kansas City on victim services. It was at this conference that the American Society of Victimology was founded and he joined as a life member. Unfortunately, the society has not been very active in recent years.

Harvey Wallace, deceased, 1944-2007
, was a Professor in the Criminology Department, California State University, Fresno. He served as Chair of the department of criminology. During his tenure as Chair, the department embarked on a number of innovative programs. He was the Associate Dean for the College of Social Sciences at California State University, Fresno, from 2003 to 2005. Professor Wallace received a Juris Doctorate Degree from California Western School of Law, an MPA from Golden Gate University, and a BS in Criminology from California State University, Fresno.

He was considered a subject matter expert by the U.S. Department of Justice in Family Violence and Victimology. He is the author or co-author of nine college texts and has published in a number of referred and scholarly journals as well as presented his research at a variety of international and national conferences. Professor Wallace was an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of California, and his professional experience includes appointment as the City Attorney of the City of Fresno, service as the County Counsel for the County of Butte, private practice in a media law firm, and experience as Deputy District Attorney in San Diego, California.

In 2008, the Northern California Mock Trial Regional were renamed the Harvey Wallace Northern California Mock Trial Regional in memory of Harvey Wallace.

Table of Contents

Most chapters include "Introduction."



1. Introduction and History of Victimology.
The Development of Laws.
Social Forces.
Victimology Theories.
The Rise of the Victims' Movement.

2. Measurement of Crime and Its Effects.
Official Reports.
Other Reports.

3. The Criminal Justice System and Victims.
The Criminal Court System.
The Parties.
Criminal Justice Procedures.

4. The Civil Justice System and Victims.
Civil Procedures.
Juvenile Court Dependency Procedures.
Restorative Justice.


5. The Consequences of Victimization.
Physical Consequences.
Mental Consequences.
Financial Consequences.

6. Empowering Victims.
Public Speaking.


7. Homicide Victims.
Responding to Special Needs.

8. Females as Victims.
Sexual Assault.
Stranger Rape.
Acquaintance Rape.
Marital Rape.
Sexual Harassment.

9. Spouses as Victims.
Introduction to Spouse Abuse.
Theories on Spousal Abuse.
The Criminal Justice Response to Spousal Abuse.

10. Child Victims.
Types of Child Abuse.
Extent of the Problem.
Cycle of Violence.
Other Theories Regarding Child Abuse.
Special Types of Child Abuse.

11. Elderly Victims.
Elder Abuse.
Theories of Elder Abuse.
Elder Victimization.

12. Hate Crimes.
Cultural Awareness.
Hate Crimes.
Cultural Awareness Case Study.

13. Special Victim Populations.
HIV/AIDS Victims.
Disabled Victims.
Gay and Lesbian Victims.


14. Negligence and Intentional Torts.
Wrongful Death.
Assault and Battery.
False Imprisonment.
Mental Distress.
Joint Tortfeasors.
Defenses to Intentional Torts.

15. Third Party Liability and Insurance.
Duty to Protect.
Classifications of Parties.
Theories of Liability.
Unlawful Activity.
Life Insurance.
Homeowners Insurance.
Automobile Insurance.
Liability Insurance.
Workers' Compensation.

16. Constitutional and Civil Rights of Victims.
Section 1983 Actions.
1983 Theories of Liability.
Violence Against Women Act.

17. Compensation and Restitution of Victims.

18. Victim Impact Statements.
History of Victim Impact Statements.
The Use of Victim Impact Statements.
The Effect of Victim Impact Statements.
Victim Impact Panels.

Epilogue: Emerging Trends.
Campus Crime.
Workplace Violence.
Gang Violence.
Rural Crime Victims.
Violence and Victims.
Professionalism versus Academia.
The Study of Victimology.

Appendix: Critical Dates in the Victims'Rights Movement.


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