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NCJ Number: 119601 Find in a Library
Title: Victimology Today: Major Issues in Research and Public Policy (From Crime and Its Victims: International Research and Public Policy Issues, P 3-14, 1989 Emilio C. Viano, ed. -- See NCJ-119600)
Author(s): E C Viano
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Hemisphere Publishing Corp
Bristol, PA 19007
Sale Source: Hemisphere Publishing Corp
1900 Frost Road
Suite 101
Bristol, PA 19007
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document examines four major areas of inquiry that can be identified in contemporary victimology.
Abstract: These stages constitute a process which confers official victim status on someone if it is carried out to its conclusion. In the first stage, individuals experience harm, injury, or suffering caused by another person or institution. In the second stage, some of these individuals perceive such harm as undeserved, unfair, and unjust, and they therefore perceive themselves as victims. In the third stage, some of these individuals, perceiving themselves as harmed or victimized, attempt to get someone else to recognize the harm and validate the claim that they have been victimized. Finally, some of these individuals receive validation of their claim to victim status, become "official" victims, and may benefit from various types of support depending on various variables, such as status, visibility, power, and their impact. This framework represents a comprehensive and dynamic approach to the understanding of victimization. Bibliography
Main Term(s): Victimology
Index Term(s): Victim profiles; Victimization models
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