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NCJ Number: 118931 Find in a Library
Title: Experiences of Violent and Serious Victimization (From Pathways to Criminal Violence, P 202-237, 1989, Neil A Weiner and Marvin E Wolfgang, eds. -- See NCJ-118925)
Author(s): G D Gottfredson
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 36
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter reviews the impact of the victim's movement on the consequences of being a victim of violent and serious crime, examines how the analytical perspectives and practical objectives of this movement contrast with those of criminologists and criminal justice practitioners, summarizes current knowledge about the experiences and sequelae of victimization, and suggests some directions for policy research.
Abstract: The chapter begins by exploring three themes of the victim's rights movement: difficulties some victims experience have been ignored by researchers, practitioners, and the public; these difficulties are exacerbated by other citizens and by the criminal justice system; and safeguards that protect or serve the alleged or convicted offender outweigh the safeguards that protect or serve the victim. A review of criminological research indicates that the dominant focus has been on the victim's contribution to victimization rather than on the consequences to the victim. In contrast, the victim's movement has emphasized the mitigation and relief of victim's needs. Future victimization research should focus on the correlates and causes of victimization as well as the development and evaluation of alternative criminal justice and allied victim treatment programs and modalities. 17 notes, 70 references.
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Psychological victimization effects; Victim services; Violent crimes
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