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Victims of Crime

Victims of Crime

Fourth Edition
Edited by:

November 2012 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Victims of Crime 4/e includes newly contributed and updated articles utilizing the latest research and studies in the areas of violence, abuse, and victims' rights from experts in the field. It has a stronger focus on emerging issues and policies in the field of victimology than other comparable texts.


- Utilizes the latest research and studies in the areas of violence, abuse, and victims' rights

- Focuses on the emerging issues and policies in the fields of victim rights and crime prevention

- The Chapter contributors represent some of the top scholars for each subject area.

New to this Edition:

- New 3 Part organization with the more common victimizing crimes first, followed by responses to victimizations, and then newer issues and types of victimizations in Part 3.

- New chapters on human trafficking and cyber crime

- Major expansion of the human services response and school victimizations.

Updated throughout with new data and research.

Lucy N. Friedman
Foreword. Looking Back: A Personal Reflection
Chris S. O'Sullivan
Chapter 1. Sexual Violence Victimization of Women, Men, Youth, and Children
Eve S. Buzawa
Chapter 2. Victims of Domestic Violence
Patricia Tjaden
Chapter 3. Stalking in America: Laws, Research, and Recommendations
David Finkelhor
Chapter 4. Developmental Victimology: The Comprehensive Study of Childhood Victimization
Jack McDevitt, Amy Farrell, Danielle Rousseau and Russell Wolff
Chapter 5. Hate Crimes: Characteristics of Incidents, Victims, and Offenders
Heidi M. Zinzow, Martie P. Thompson and Alyssa A. Rheingold
Chapter 6. Homicide Survivors: A Summary of the Research
Candace J. Heisler
Chapter 7. Elder Abuse
Debbie Deem, Lisa Nerenberg and Richard M. Titus
Chapter 8. Victims of Financial Crime
Arthur J. Lurigio, Kelli E. Canada and Matthew W. Epperson
Chapter 9. Crime Victimization and Mental Illness
Robert C. Davis and Sarah E. Ullman
Chapter 10. The Key Contributions of Family, Friends, and Neighbors
Edna Erez and Julian Roberts
Chapter 11. Victim Participation in the Criminal Justice System
Susan Howley and Carol F. Dorris
Chapter 12. Legal Rights for Crime Victims in the Criminal Justice System
Jeffrey A. Walsh and Bernadette T. Muscat
Chapter 13. Reaching Underserved Victim Populations: Special Challenges Relating to Homeless Victims, Rural Populations, Ethnic/Racial/Sexual Minorities, and Victims With Disabilities
Janine Zweig and Jennifer Yahner
Chapter 14. Providing Services to Victims of Crime
Jeffrey Butts, Douglas Evans and Jocelyn Fontaine
Chapter 15. Reducing the Risks and Consequences of Crime Victimization in Schools
Leah E. Daigle and Bonnie S. Fisher
Chapter 16. The Recurrence of Victimization: Terminology, Extent, Characteristics, Correlates, and Prevention
Anna Alvazzi del Frate
Chapter 17. Victimization: An International Perspective
Charles DiMaggio and Sandro Galea
Chapter 18. The Mental Health and Behavioral Consequences of Terrorism
Russell P. Butler
Chapter 19. Victims of Cybercrime
Katherine Kaufka Walts
Chapter 20. Understanding Child Trafficking in the United States: A Review of Current Policies, Research, and Issues Facing Survivors
Susan Herman
Afterword. Looking Forward: Redefining Justice for Victims of Crime

Chapter 1:
Great introductory chapter for bachelor students as an overview of sexual violence victimization.

Miss Louise Nielsen
Psychology , University of Southern Denmark
June 18, 2015

This books provides a very useful analysis of the victims of crime, which is a very overlooked area in sociological theory. The perspectives examined are analysed from an international context. The more contemporary arguments could also compliment both left and right realist perspectives.

Mr Dennis Hamilton
Humanities, Bournville College of Further Education
August 12, 2014

This is an informative text which provides contemporary examples of research and theories. A good source for undergraduate students.

Miss Aimee Smith
Maths Department , Science & Computing, Peterborough Regional College
March 21, 2014

This is a book that examines the issues of the most striking contemporary victimization such as sexual violence, stalking, the hate crime. It also noted the debate on social responses to victims and analyzing the emerging themes. This book is a very complete and current publication, so it is included as essecial literature of the discipline of Victimology of Masters in Criminology and Forensic Psychology at our Fernando Pessoa University, Portugal.

Ana Sani, Ph.D

Professor Ana Sani
Political Sciences and Behavior, Fernando Pessoa University
December 29, 2013

The book is a reader and that was not appropriate for the course as I have it currently designed.

Dr Amy Grau
History, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Eastern New Mexico University
September 6, 2013

This is a useful text for many students to dip into especially those who are writing essays/dissertations which focus on particular victims.

Dr Jo Brayford
School of Health and Social Sciences, University of Wales, Newport
July 12, 2013
Key features


  • Chapters on terrorism, human trafficking and cyber crime have been added to expose readers to these contemporary categories of victimization.
  • Discussions of human services response and school victimizations have been expanded.
  • "Book-end" chapters take an insightful look backward and forward in the field of crime victim studies and services.
  • Enhanced discussion of criminal victimization illuminiates the causes and consequences (medical, psychological, financial), as well as the evidence-based interventions that can ease the turmoil and suffering that can ensue in its wake.


  • Each chapter contains case examples and discussions of current controversies in each topic.
  • Contributing authors—representing some of the top scholars in the field—present case studies and highlight controversial issues in their specialty areas.
  • New 3-part organization with the more common victimizing crimes first, followed by responses to victimizations, and then newer issues and types of victimizations in Part 3.
  • New chapters on human trafficking and cyber crime
  • Major expansion of the human services response and school victimizations chapters.
  • Updated throughout with new data and research

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