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NCJ Number: 222631 Find in a Library
Title: Science and Politics of Reducing Child Victimization
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:24  Issue:2  Dated:May 2008  Pages:103-113
Author(s): Bruce Hoffman
Date Published: May 2008
Page Count: 11
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores recent transformations in the field of child victimization research and the relevance of these changes with regard to politics of child advocacy.
Abstract: The study focused on two major developments during the last decade that are transforming the field of child victimization research. One case examines how significant changes in the measurement of crime and victimization statistics are changing the understanding of victimization. The second case examines how contemporary theory is being fruitfully applied to provide new and complex understandings to the process of childhood victimization and the significance of culture. Both cases demonstrate how science can play a significant role in public advocacy when addressing child victimization. The Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire (CCRC) provides insight into new and crucial statistical resources that are emerging with regard to childhood victimization, serving as a model of a research community that capitalizes on popular discourse to engage in public advocacy. The research examines how contemporary developments in social theory can be brought into the field to reveal new complexities and facilitate understanding and appreciation that science is always participating in the construction of images of the child in ways that both facilitate and inhibit public action. References
Main Term(s): Abused children; Victimization models
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Child protection laws; Child protection services; Social work advocacy; Youth advocates
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