Introduction to Victimology Contemporary Theory, Research, and Practice

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  • Copyright: 9/15/2015
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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With an author team led by Bonnie S. Fisher, one of the preeminent scholars in the field, Introduction to Victimology: Contemporary Theory, Research, and Practice is ideal for victimology survey courses at any level. This unique volume employs an integrated approach that focuses on theory, research, and practice. It covers a wide range of issues and also addresses unique topics such as victim decision making, fear of crime, and preventing victimization.


Incorporates relevant theory into the coverage of each key topic and connects the topics through theories that have developed over the past several decades

Offers theoretical explanations for the causes and correlates of victimization, the reoccurrence of victimization, and domains of victimization

Examines research across the main topics by discussing both classic and current studies

Provides case studies and examples of victimology in practice, linking theory to practice and highlighting programs that have successfully addressed issues like prevention, mitigation of harm, and responses to victims and victimization

Introduces students to current research in theory testing, discussing how accurate various theories have been shown to be

"Spotlight on Theory," "Spotlight on Research," and "Spotlight on Policy" boxes offer in-depth looks at timely topics

Author Biography

Bonnie S. Fisher is Professor of Criminal Justice and Fellow of the Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati. She has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Panel on Measuring Rape and Sexual Assault. She was awarded the Academy Fellow Award by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2014 and the Rieveschl Award for Creative and/or Scholarly Works by the University of Cincinnati in 2012.

Bradford W. Reyns is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Weber State University, where he teaches courses in victimology, criminology, and research methods. In 2015 he was awarded the Dello G. Dayton award for excellence in research and teaching by Weber State University.

John J. Sloan III is Professor of Criminal Justice, Chair of the Department of Justice Sciences, and Co-Founder and Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received the inaugural President's Award for Excellence in Classroom Instruction at UAB in 1998 and has subsequently been a finalist for that award multiple times. In 2014, he was runner-up for the Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching, the highest award for teaching given by the university.

Table of Contents

Part I: Origins and Theories
1. Origins of Victimology
2. Opportunity Theories of Victimization
3. Contemporary Theories in Victimology
Part II: Sources, Trends, and Types of Victimization
4. Sources of Victimization Data
5. Personal Victimization
6. The Victimization of Women, Children, and the Elderly
7. Property Victimization
8. Victimization in Specific Domains
9. The Reoccurrence of Victimization
Part III: Responses to and Consequences of Victimization
10. Victim Decision Making
11. Victims in the Criminal Justice Process
12. Physical, Mental and Emotional Consequences of Victimization
13. Fear of Crime and Victimization
Part IV: The Prevention of Victimization in the 21st Century
14. Preventing Victimization

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