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Victimology and Victim Assistance

Victimology and Victim Assistance
Advocacy, Intervention, and Restoration

December 2018 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Victimology and Victim Assistance offers insights into the criminal justice system from the perspective of often overlooked participants—victims. Delving into victim involvement in the criminal justice system, the impact of crime on victims, and new directions in victimology and victim assistance, authors Yoshiko Takahashi and Chadley James provide crucial insights and practical applications into the field of victim assistance. With an emphasis on advocacy, intervention, and restoration, this book examines real issues and barriers in the criminal justice system for victims and offers a way forward for future criminal justice or other human service professionals.
I. Foundations
Chapter 1: Historical Perspectives of Victimology and Victim Assistance
History of Victimology  
History of Victim Assistance  
Legislative and Policy Development of Victims’ Rights  
Types of Victim Services  
Chapter 2: Theories of Victimization
Pioneers in Victimology  
Theories of Victimization  
Chapter 3: The Nature and Extent of Victimization
Primary Source of Crime Victim Data in the United States  
International Crime Statistics  
The Nature and Extent of Victimization  
Fear of crime  
Recurring victimization  
Costs of victimization  
Victim Reporting Behaviors  
Sources of Victim Services  
Chapter 4: Trauma and Recovery of Victims
Physiological Impact of Victimization  
Responses to Trauma  
Reducing and Preventing Trauma  
Stages of Recovery  
II. Understanding the Criminal Justice System and Victim Assistance
Chapter 5: The Investigative Process and Victim Assistance
Policing in America  
Victims’ Initial Contact With the Police  
Role of Victim Advocates  
Different Types of Victim Services  
Specific types of victims and law enforcement  
Chapter 6: The Court Process and Victim Assistance
The Court Process  
Victim Involvement in the Court Process  
Assisting Victims of Crime  
Chapter 7: Corrections, Prison Violence and Victim Assistance
Correctional Systems  
Victim Services and Programs in Correctional Settings  
Victim Notification  
Prison Violence and Victimization in Prison  
Chapter 8: The Juvenile Justice System, Restorative Justice and Victim Assistance
Historical Overview of the Juvenile Justice System  
Rights of Victims of Juvenile Crime  
Victims of Juvenile Crimes  
Juvenile Justice Process  
Child Welfare System  
Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems  
Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice System  
Balanced and Restorative Justice for Juveniles  
III. Impact of Crime on Victims
Chapter 9: Victim Assistance for Child Abuse and Elder Abuse
What is Family Violence?  
Victim Assistance for Child Abuse Victims  
Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect  
Effects of Child Abuse on Victims  
Effective Responses to Child Abuse and Neglect  
Human Trafficking of Children  
Victim Assistance for Victims of Elder Abuse  
Defining Elder Abuse and Neglect  
Effects of Elder Abuse on Victims  
Effective Responses to Elder Abuse and Neglect  
Chapter 10: Victim Assistance for Intimate Partner Violence
Effects on Victims  
Effective Responses to Intimate Partner Violence  
Why Victims Find It Challenging to Leave Abuse Relationships  
Chapter 11: Victim Assistance for Sexual Assault
What is Sexual Victimization?  
Victim Assistance for Victims of Sexual Violence  
Rape Trauma Syndrome  
Effective Responses to Victims of Sexual Victimization  
Human Trafficking  
Victim Assistance for Sexual Violence Victims on College Campuses  
Chapter 12: Victim Assistance for Cyber-Crime
What is Cyber-Crime?  
Extent of Internet Fraud  
Effective Responses to Victims of Cyber-Crime  
What is Cyber-Bullying and Stalking?  
Extent of Cyber-bullying and Cyber-stalking  
Effective Responses to Victims of Cyber-bullying and Cyber-stalking  
What is Cyber Child Sexual Exploitation?  
Extent of Cyber Child Sexual Exploitation  
Effective Responses to Child Sexual Exploitation  
IV. New Directions in Victim Assistance
Chapter 13: Professionalism and Ethics in Victim Assistance
Ethics in Victim Assistance  
Ethical Dilemmas and Ethical Decision Making  
Special Considerations in Victim Services  
Challenges in Serving Victims  
Chapter 14: Collaborative Responses to Victims
Collaborative Approaches  
Five Steps of Collaborative Processes  
Advantages of Collaborative Working Relationships  
Challenges to Successful Working Relationships  
Service Delivery Models  
Examples of Collaborative Efforts  
Chapter 15: Challenges in Victim Services
Looking Ahead  
Victim Assistance for Human Trafficking Victims  
Victim Assistance for Victims of Terrorism  
International Collaboration and Victim Assistance  


Instructor Teaching Site

The password-protected Instructor Resource Site includes the following:

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring one’s course

Victimology and Victim Assistance is the most encompassing victimology text on the market. The text provides a true account of how the criminal justice system both assists and hinders victims and is very distinct from the current victimology textbooks available. This book has modern cases, procedures, and pushes the boundaries for what society has previously acknowledged as victimizations. The text also discusses real issues and barriers to the criminal justice system involving victims, for example, the use of rape kits and how many go unprocessed.”

Ronicka Schottel
Peru State College

“This text is very informative and will add breadth and depth to the topic of victimization. The book is distinct because it talks a lot of the physiological consequences of victimization and gives a solid overview about the history of victimization.”

Damon J. Bullock
Western New Mexico University

“The distinction of this text from others is the information on signs and symptoms of trauma as well as the information on collaborative services. What makes this textbook distinct from other books I’ve reviewed is the additional information on those who victimize also being a victim. Another distinction is the section on cybercrimes and resources available."

Joy D. Patton
University of North Texas at Dallas

“I would describe this text as an excellent and current volume on victimology that is thorough in covering salient issues in the field.  It is well written, understandable, complete, and enjoyable to read and provides comprehensive knowledge and thorough information. This text is very distinct from other texts. It is the most current one I am aware of with focus on the key areas and relevant topics to the field in present times. It is up to date, thorough and written in a manner easy to read yet comprehensive in providing vital information necessary for a good grasp of the field.”

Karen L. Bune
Marymount University

“Good coverage of the material, easy to read and comprehensive. I appreciate more content on the victim and the psychological symptoms and causes.”

Greg Scott
Kuyper College

“This text covers subject matter missed in other victimology texts. The coverage of victimology theory is very well-done and will be easy for students to pick up. I found it to be distinct in the way that it incorporates the offender’s side as a victim as well in the criminal justice system. Ignoring this area could lead to future criminal behavior and more victims.”

Michelle L. Foster
Kent State University
Key features


  • Case studies are used throughout the text to provide realistic and factual depictions of victims, humanize the topics covered, and help facilitate discussion.
  • Victim assistance programs are highlighted throughout the chapters to orient students towards resources that are actively working to support victims. 
  • Coverage of crucial topics like human trafficking, cybercrime, and trauma-informed care offer students contemporary insights into the field of victim assistance.
  • Critical thinking questions throughout the text assist in facilitating stimulating in-class discussions.

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