skip navigation


Abstract Database

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

To download this abstract, check the box next to the NCJ number then click the "Back To Search Results" link. Then, click the "Download" button on the Search Results page. Also see the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 195099 Find in a Library
Title: Victimology, Third Edition
Author(s): William G. Doerner; Steven P. Lab
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 445
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Publication Number: ISBN 1-58360-523-1
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
Publicity Director
2035 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After discussing the scope of victimology, gauging the extent of criminal victimization, the costs of being a victim, and remedying the plight of victims, this textbook provides overviews of the nature, prevalence, causes, and responses to specific types of victimization, including sexual assault, spouse abuse, child maltreatment, elder abuse, homicide, and victimization at work and school.
Abstract: The first chapter lays the foundation for issues and concepts discussed in the following chapters. The second chapter examines the extent of victimization and the development of victimization surveys, followed by a chapter that addresses the costs associated with being a crime victim and the additional burdens that stem from becoming involved with the criminal justice system. The fourth chapter considers how the criminal justice system responds to victimization, the impact of those responses, and the continuing needs of victims. Remedies for victims that are discussed in this chapter include offender restitution, civil litigation, private insurance, and victim compensation. Attention is given to whether or not victim compensation is effective in meetings victims' financial needs resulting from the victimization. The fifth chapter on sexual assault considers the personal tragedy that victims experience, the healing process these people face, and common coping strategies. It also discusses how the police, hospital personnel, and the prosecutor respond to the victim. The chapter encompasses spousal rape and date or acquaintance rape. The sixth chapter on spouse abuse contains a brief history of spousal violence, the prevalence of spousal violence, theories of spouse abuse, police intervention, prosecutorial and judicial action, and the coordination of system approaches to spousal violence. The seventh chapter on child maltreatment encompasses the detection of child maltreatment, a survey of child maltreatment laws, its prevalence, characteristics of maltreated children, theories of child maltreatment, and some coping strategies. The eighth chapter on elder abuse addresses the criminal victimization of the elderly, its incidence, characteristics of victims and offenders, theories of elder abuse and neglect, and responding to elder abuse and neglect. The ninth chapter on homicide victimization considers its prevalence, theories of homicide victimization, and survivors of homicide victimization. The tenth chapter on victimization at work and school considers the nature and extent of such victimization, along with intervention and prevention. The final chapter focuses on victim rights, including the victim rights amendment, victim rights legislation, the effect of victim rights legislation, victim impact statements, and informal victim participation. 893 references and subject and author indexes
Main Term(s): Victims rights
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Crime costs; Crime in schools; Crimes against the elderly; Domestic assault; Elderly victims; Homicide victims; Restitution; Sexual assault; Sexual assault victims; Victim compensation; Victimization; Victimology; Violence in the workplace
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.