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NCJ Number: 192577 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding Violence & Victimization, Second Edition
Author(s): Robert J. Meadows
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 255
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice Hall Publishing
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Publication Number: ISBN 0-13-025961-6
Sale Source: Prentice Hall Publishing
Criminal Justice and Police Training
1 Lake Street
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Written for the person studying victimization and violence, as well as for those employed in crime prevention and victim service programs, this book combines victimization theory with applied responses to victimization as it discusses offender-victim relationships, presents empirical data on violent victimization, and explores situational factors and responses to victims of violence.
Abstract: The first chapter introduces criminal victimization, as it discusses how and why some people are victimized. This is followed by a chapter that focuses on intimate victimizations, such as domestic violence, acquaintance rape, and stalking. The intent of this chapter is to address legal and social issues of intimate violence as well as preventive measures. Chapter 3 considers stranger violence, notably murder and robbery, as it discusses situations in which persons become victims of violence by strangers and what can be done to prevent these occurrences. This chapter also discusses serial killers, their motives, and their victims. The fourth chapter features discussions of workplace violence and harassment, with attention to what can be done to reduce the potential for violence in the workplace. The focus of Chapter 5 is on violence and victimization in the school setting, as it considers possible explanations and responses. The discussion of proactive and reactive strategies to victimization in Chapter 6 includes sections on personal defense measures, including the use of firearms, building design, community planning, and measures to aid victims through victim compensation programs and laws. The use of civil action to mitigate the costs of victimization is also considered. Each chapter provides a summary, key terms and concepts, discussion questions, learning activities, references, and further readings. A subject index and appended major sources of victimization data and information as well as model antistalking legislation for the States
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Assault and battery; Child abuse; Crime causes theory; Crime in schools; Domestic assault; Elder Abuse; Fear of crime; Murder; Psychological victimization effects; Sexual harassment; Victims of violent crime; Violence in the workplace; Violence prevention
Note: From Prentice Hall Contemporary Justice Series.
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