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Victimology and Victim Assistance

Victimology and Victim Assistance
Advocacy, Intervention, and Restoration

December 2018 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Victimology and Victim Assistance offers insights into the criminal justice system from the perspective of often overlooked participantsvictims. 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, this book examines real issues and barriers in the criminal justice system for victims and looks to offer a way forward for future criminal justice or other human service professionals.

Key Features

  • Victim Assistance Programs are highlighted in boxes within the chapters to orient students towards programs that are actively working to support victims.
  • Case Studies are used throughout the book to provide realistic and factual depictions of victims, humanizing the topics covered and facilitating discussion.
  • Coverage of crucial topics like human trafficking, cybercrime, and trauma-informed care offer students contemporary insights into the field of victim assistance.
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
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to ease preparation for lectures and class discussions
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring one’s course

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ISBN: 9781506359557