International Handbook of Victimology

International Handbook of Victimology

International Handbook of Victimology

International Handbook of Victimology


In the nearly four decades since the First International Symposium on Victimology convened in Jerusalem in 1973, some concepts and themes have continued to hold a prominent place in the literature, while new ones have also emerged. Exploring enduring topics such as conceptions of victimhood, secondary and hidden victimization, and social services for victims along with more recent issues, the International Handbook of Victimologyprovides an interdisciplinary study of the topic from a diverse range of professionals on the cutting edge of victimology research.

Forty experts from top research facilities and universities around the world provide input on the traditional longstanding issues that surround the field of victimology and explore newer themes such as restorative justice, the use of government-sponsored crime victimization surveys, compensation and restitution schemes, and victims' rights legislation. The second in a trilogy of volumes, this handbook examines victimology from criminology, sociology, psychology, law, and philosophy perspectives. Topics discussed include:

  • Theoretical and historical frameworks used in the study of victimology
  • Advances in research methods, including GIS technology
  • Patterns of victimization, including drug- sex-, and work-related
  • Responses to victimization by the victim and society
  • Restorative justice issues
  • Victimization as it occurs in various social divisions

Describing current research and identifying new ideas and topics of concern, the book collectively presents the "state-of-the-art" of the field today. In doing so, it helps to inform contemporary understanding of an eternal societal plague.

Those wishing to continue their studies should consult the International Handbook of Criminologyand the International Handbook of Penology and Criminal Justice, which complete the trilogy.


In 1973, the First International Symposium on Victimology convened in Jerusalem. the symposium took place under the auspices of the International Society of Criminology with the support of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Tel Aviv, and Bar Ilan University. the symposium brought together scholars across various fields from around the world; they presented papers on theoretical issues in victimology, the response to crime, victims and criminal justice, and processes of victimization. This work appeared in a five-volume collection of papers titled Victimology: a New Focus [1973], edited by Israel Drapkin and Emilio Viano, and has represented for some years the state of international knowledge in victimology.

After 30 years, some issues have remained important areas of interest, and new issues have emerged. Conceptions of victimhood, secondary victimization, hidden victimization, and social services for victims have remained important topics for research and theory. New topics have emerged. Restorative justice has had a major influence on theory, research, and policy in victimology. Government-sponsored crime victimization surveys, which began in the early 1970s, now represent a valuable source of information about victimization processes. Compensation and restitution schemes have operated for decades in a number of countries, and victims’ rights have become enacted into law. To reflect these essential and emerging issues, we have put together the International Handbook of Victimology.

This handbook brings together leading scholars from around the world reflecting the state of the art in victimology. Each of these has been specifically commissioned based on recognized expertise in the field. Contributors come from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. They bring disciplinary expertise in criminology, sociology, psychology, law, and philosophy. Some revisit the core of victimology; others present new issues at the cutting edge. Collectively, they provide an outstanding one-volume source for victimology, and we are pleased to be able to present their work.

The handbook is arranged into six sections. Section I provides an overview of theoretical and historical frameworks used in the study of victimology. the chapters examine philosophical and historical conceptions of the victim, discuss the meaning of justice for victims, and review the history . . .

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