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The Essentials

Second Edition
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November 2017 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

“A comprehensive and insightful presentation of victimology and victimization, . . . well written, [with] many learning aids within each chapter that benefit the student.”

Michael S. Proctor, Texas A&M University–San Antonio

Victimology: The Essentials, Second Edition, is a comprehensive yet concise core textbook that explores the effects of victimization in the United States and internationally, with an emphasis on vulnerable populations. Drawing from the most up-to-date research, this accessible, student-friendly text provides an overview of the field of victimology, with a focus on the scope, causes, and responses to victimization today. Renowned author and researcher Leah E. Daigle expertly relays the history and development of the field of victimology, the extent to which people are victimized and why, and how the criminal justice system and other social services interact with victims and with each other. The highly anticipated Second Edition features contemporary issues such as stalking, hate crimes, human trafficking, terrorism, and more.

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  • The password-protected Instructor Teaching Site includes a test bank, PowerPoint slides, sample syllabi, and more.
Chapter 1. Introduction to Victimology
What Is Victimology?  
The History of Victimology: Before the Victims’ Rights Movement  
The Role of the Victim in Crime: Victim Precipitation, Victim Facilitation, and Victim Provocation  
The History of Victimology: The Victims’ Rights Movement  
Contributions of the Victims’ Rights Movement  
Victimology Today  
Chapter 2. Extent, Theories, and Factors of Victimization
Measuring Victimization  
Theories and Explanations of Victimization  
Chapter 3. Consequences of Victimization
Physical Injury  
Mental Health Consequences and Costs  
Economic Costs  
System Costs  
Vicarious Victimization  
Fear of Crime  
Chapter 4. Recurring Victimization
Types of Recurring Victimization  
Extent of Recurring Victimization  
Characteristics of Recurring Victimization  
Risk Factors for Recurring Victimization  
Theoretical Explanations of Recurring Victimization  
Consequences of Recurring Victimization  
Responses to Recurring Victimization  
Chapter 5. Victims’ Rights and Remedies
Victims’ Rights  
Financial Remedy  
Remedies and Rights in Court  
Section 6. Homicide Victimization - Contributed by Lisa Muftic
Defining Homicide Victimization  
Measurement and Extent of Homicide Victimization  
Risk Factors for and Characteristics of Homicide Victimization  
Different Types of Homicide Victimization  
Victim Precipitation  
Indirect (Secondary) Victimization  
Legal and Community Responses to Homicide Victimization  
Chapter 7. Sexual Victimization
What Is Sexual Victimization?  
Measurement and Extent of Sexual Victimization  
Risk Factors for and Characteristics of Sexual Victimization  
Responses to Sexual Victimization  
Consequences of Sexual Victimization  
Special Case: Sexual Victimization of Males  
Legal and Criminal Justice Responses to Sexual Victimization  
Prevention and Intervention  
Chapter 8. Intimate Partner Violence
Defining Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse  
Measurement and Extent  
Who Is Victimized?  
Risk Factors and Theories for Intimate Partner Violence  
Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence  
Why Abusive Relationships Continue  
Criminal Justice System Responses to Intimate Partner Violence  
Legal and Community Responses  
Chapter 9. Victimization at the Beginning and End of Life: Child and Elder Abuse
Child Maltreatment  
Elder Maltreatment  
Section 10. Victimization at School and Work
Victimization at School  
Victimization at School: Grades K–12  
Victimization at School: College  
Victimization at Work  
Chapter 11. Property and Identity Theft Victimization
Property Victimization  
Identity Theft  
Chapter 12. Victimization of Special Populations
Victimization of Persons With Disabilities  
Who Is Victimized?  
Patterns of Victimization  
Risk Factors for Victimization for Persons With Disabilities  
Responses to Victims With Disabilities  
Victimization of Persons With Mental Illness  
Victimization of the Incarcerated  
Chapter 13. Victimology from a Comparative Perspective - Contributed by Lisa Muftic
Victimology Across the Globe  
Measurement and Extent of Victimization Across the Globe  
Justice System Responses to Victimization  
Victims’ Rights and Assistance Programs  
Chapter 14. Contemporary Issues in Victimology: Victims of Hate Crimes, Human Trafficking, and Terrorism
Victims of Hate Crimes  
Victims of Human Trafficking  
Victims of Terrorism  


Instructor Resource Site
  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available, containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own 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.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter.
  • Video and multimedia resources which appeal to students with different learning styles

I use the current edition and look forward to “upgrading” to the new edition when it comes out. In some ways, teaching victimology is challenging and this book, along with the ancillaries, make the preparation and instruction very manageable. I certainly intend to use the new edition and will very likely recommend it to colleagues.”

Chad Posick
Georgia Southern University

“A comprehensive and insightful presentation of victimology and victimization…Well written, many learning aids within each chapter that benefit the student.” 

Michael S. Proctor
Texas A & M University – San Antonio

Well researched and comprehensive coverage of topics”

Laura A. Patterson
Shippensburg University

Comprehensive text that integrates theory, research, and practice”

Edna Erez
University of Illinois at Chicago

“Lots of information is provided…There are several topics within each section. The ancillary materials are a huge bonus and put together well”

Melissa J. Tetzlaff-Bemiller
University of Memphis

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Victimology

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ISBN: 9781506388519