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The Essentials

Second Edition

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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction to Victimology

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