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Forensic Victimology

Examining Violent Crime Victims in Investigative and Legal Contexts

Published in 2009, the first edition of Forensic Victimology introduced criminologists and criminal investigators to the idea of systematically gathering and examining victim information for the purposes of addressing investigative and forensic issues. The concepts presented within immediately proved vital to social scientists researching victims-offender relationships; investigators and forensic scientists seeking to reconstruct events and establish the elements of a crime; and criminal profilers seeking to link pattern crimes. This is because the principles and guidelines in Forensic Victimology were written to serve criminal investigation and anticipate courtroom testimony.

As with the first, this second edition of Forensic Victimology is an applied presentation of a traditionally theoretical subject written by criminal justice practitioners with years of experience-both in the field and in the classroom. It distinguishes the investigative and forensic aspects of applied victim study as necessary adjuncts to what has often been considered a theoretical field. It then identifies the benefits of forensic victimology to casework, providing clearly defined methods and those standards of practice necessary for effectively serving the criminal justice system.

Forensic science programs, legal community, legal studies programs, sociology / criminology programs, victim studies programs, and criminal justice programs. 

Hardbound, 656 Pages

Published: August 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-408084-3


  • 1. Victimology: A Brief History with An Introduction to Forensic Victimology
    2. Victimity: Entering the Criminal Justice System
    3. Emergency Services: The 9-1-1 Response
    4. Constructing a victim profile
    5. Forensic Nursing: Approaching the Victim as a Crime Scene
    6. Victim Lifestyle Exposure
    7. Victim Situational Exposure
    8. Psychological Aspects of Victimology
    9. False Allegations of Crime
    10. False Confessions of Crime
    11. Intimate Violence
    12. Workplace Violence
    13. School Shootings
    14. Stranger Violence
    15. Premises Liability
    16. Human Trafficking
    17. Sex Offenders and Their Victims
    18. Victimology at Trial
    19. Wrongful Convictions: Victims of the Justice System


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