• Gives the field of victim studies its first comprehensive encyclopedia-style reference
• Spans the breadth of victimology studies with contributions from experts in 13 different disciplines
• Illustrates the unique perspective the field of victimology offers on victim psychology, system responses to victims, and victim services
• Shows how interactions with crime victims, and the research into those interactions, have evolved from an initial "blame the victim" mentality
• Includes nearly 200 entries on the development and scope of the 70-year-old field of victimology
• Over 90 contributors from across the nation, representing 13 academic areas of study, including criminal justice, criminology, gerontology, psychology, sociology, and victim studies
• Includes a chronology of selected events from 1941 to 2008 reflecting the development of the discipline of victimology and the expansion of rights for victims of crime
• Offers a bibliography of 17 recently published books that provide a broad look at crime victims and the field of victimology
• Lists 22 journals that publish research on crime victims and describes 24 websites that provide information ranging from victimization statistics and organizational membership opportunities to victim services and legal remedies
"Wilson (sociology, University of Arkansas, Conway, AR) and ninety five other experts have put together this handbook intended both for a general audience and college students but which could also be used as a handy reference by law enforcement officers and social workers. The entries explain different forms of being victimized. Violent crimes are
discussed as well as crimes of intimidation, such as cross-burning or threats from corrupt officials. There is a list of important dates in victimology as well as references and websites to help victims find support. Also included are theories as to why some people become criminals or abusers. The entries all emphasize advocacy for and support of victims,
who still are often believed to have done something to invite the crime inflicted upon them."
Reference & Research Book News
"This is a worthwhile reference tool for victims' advocates and legal professionals, but particularly for academics in the areas of criminal justice, criminology, feminist studies, gerontology, psychology, and sociology. Summing Up: Recommended. Professionals/practitioners, and college and university libraries supporting such programs at the beginning undergraduate level and above."