Victimology - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9781437734867, 9781437735116


6th Edition

Authors: William Doerner Steven Lab
eBook ISBN: 9781437735116
Imprint: Anderson
Published Date: 23rd March 2011
Page Count: 488


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This breakthrough work provides an organizing structure for the history and current state of the field of victimology, and outlines the reasons compelling a separate focus on crime victims. Highly readable, Victimology explores the role of victimology in today’s criminal justice system, examining the consequences of victimization and the various remedies now available for victims. In addition to adding the latest developments in victimology, the authors have included a new chapter on property victimization, and have enhanced and expanded the chapter on personal victimization. The text is supplemented by learning tools including chapter-by-chapter learning objectives, key terms, illustrative figures and tables, and a listing of related Internet sites.

Key Features

  • The text provides a comprehensive overview of the origins and scope of victimology, with detailed chapters on specific types of victimization
  • The authors offer analysis of policy decisions and historical events, with an eye toward future developments in the field
  • A key chapter highlights the important global impact of restorative justice on responding to the plight of victims
  • The ever-changing dynamics of contemporary work and school victimization are dissected with special attention to causes and societal responses
  • The text is supplemented by learning tools including chapter-by-chapter learning objectives, key terms, illustrative figures and tables, and listings of related Internet sites


Students in the criminal justice field.

Table of Contents

1. The Scope of Victimology

2. Gauging the Extent of Criminal Victimization

3. Property Victimization

4. Personal Victimization

5. The Costs of Being a Victim

6. Remedying the Plight of Victims

7. Restorative Justice

8. Sexual Battery

9. Intimate Partner Violence

10. Child Maltreatment

11. Elder Abuse

12. Victimization at Work and School

13. Victim Rights


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About the Author

William Doerner

William Doerner

William G. Doerner has been a Professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University since 1977. He specializes in victimology and law enforcement issues. He earned his M.A. in Sociology at Emory University (1973) and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Tennessee (1977). Doerner recently retired from active duty with the Tallahassee Police Department after 29 years of service as a part-time sworn law enforcement officer. He served on the Board of Directors for the National Organization of Victim Assistance, was the Founding President of the Florida Network of Victim/Witness Services, is past Director of the Program in Criminal Justice at Florida State University, and a previous editor of the American Journal of Criminal Justice. In addition to other professional accolades, Doerner received the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from the Southern Criminal Justice Association and was a winner of the John P.J. Dussich Award from the American Society of Victimology. An article he and his son published in Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management was designated one of four outstanding papers of the year in 2012.

Affiliations and Expertise

Florida State University, USA

Steven Lab

Steven P. Lab is Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Program and Chair of the Department of Human Services at Bowling Green State University. His research interests include victims of crime, crime prevention, juvenile delinquency, and school crime. Lab received his Ph.D. in Criminology from Florida State University in 1982. He has been a faculty member at Bowling Green since 1987. His primary research interests are in crime prevention and juvenile justice; he is the author of three textbooks and two edited works, and has published more than 30 articles on various topics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Bowling Green State University


"This sixth edition of a text on the history and current state of the field of victimology offers a new chapter on property victimization and an expanded chapter on personal victimization. The text explores the role of victimology in today's criminal justice system, examines consequences of victimization and various remedies available for victims, and analyzes policy decisions. Some areas examined are measuring criminal victimization, restorative justice, types of restitution and compensation, sexual battery and intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, and victimization at work and school. Learning features include chapter objectives, key terms, and a list of websites."--Reference and Research Book News