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Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention

Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention

Two Volume Set
Edited by:

February 2010 | 1 224 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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In many ways, the two fields of victimology and crime prevention have developed along parallel yet separate paths, and the literature on both has been scattered across disciplines as varied as sociology, law and criminology, public health and medicine, political science and public policy, economics, psychology and human services, and others. The Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention brings together in one authoritative resource the dispersed information and knowledge on both victimology and crime prevention. With nearly 375 entries, this two-volume set moves victimology and crime prevention one step further into recognized scholarly fields whose research informs practice and whose practice informs research.

Key Features

  • Provides users with the most authoritative and comprehensive coverage available on victimology and crime prevention
  • Presents victimology and crime prevention as their own separate, justifiable disciplines rather than subfields within more established disciplines
  • Discusses the status of victims within the criminal justice system, as well as topics of deterring and preventing victimization in the first place and responding to victims' needs
  • Offers "anchor essays" written by leading scholars in their respective fields to provide starting points for investigating the more salient victimology and crime prevention topics

Key Themes

  • Business Prevention Actions
  • Civil Justice System
  • Correlates of Victimization
  • Courts: Alternative Remedies
  • Courts: Law and Justice
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crime Prevention Partnerships
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Fear of Crime
  • Individual Protection Actions
  • Interventions and Intervention Programs for Victim and Offender
  • Intrafamilial Offenses
  • Legislation and Statutes
  • Media and Crime Prevention
  • Methodology
  • Offenses, Special Topics
  • Official Crime Data
  • Personal Offenses
  • Property Offenses
  • Psychological, Mental, and Physical Health Issues
  • Residential Community Crime Prevention
  • School and Workplace Offenses
  • School-Based Crime Prevention
  • Services and Treatment for Victims
  • Theory
  • Victimization Scales and Surveys
  • Victimology
  • Youth-Focused Crime Prevention

The victimology–crime prevention nexus provides the foundation for a comprehensive and, hopefully, long-lasting approach to addressing the public's risk of being victimized and aids individuals who are targeted by a criminal act. This is a welcome addition to any academic library. The availability in print and electronic formats provides students with convenient, easy access wherever they may be.

"....Features some 370 signed articles by leading authorities and practitioners on topics within the separate but complementary fields of victimology and crime prevention....This set will be useful for colleges and universities supporting programs in criminology or law, feminist studies, psychology and human services, political science and public policy, and sociology. It is also offered electronically throuogh SAGE Reference Online. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above."

J.J. Harrison
Michigan State University

"...The bulk of each entry discusses the crime within the context of its victims and its possible prevention. In addition, there are essays covering different theories of crime and violence as well as those focused on methodologies including a number of victimization scales and surveys.... In short, these two volumes provide readers a well-balanced and thorough reference that lends clarity to both disciplines while at the same time showing their complimentary nature. Undergraduate students are an obvious audience for this reference, and academic libraries would do well to consider it. However, it will also be a valuable resource for victim advocacy groups and crime prevention agencies."

Against the Grain

".... Plenty of current, accurate titles on both subjects exist, but this is the first work to link crime prevention and victimology overtly in one resource.... Bottom line Those studying law enforcement, the judicial system, victim's services, criminal justice, and social services as well as victims caught in the criminal justice system will find this helpful. Purchase where needed."

Laurie Selwyn
formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Library, Sherman, TX
Library Journal
Key features
  • Two volumes containing approximately 375 signed entries provide users with the most authoritative and comprehensive reference resource available on victimology and crime prevention, both in terms of breadth and depth of coverage.
  • In addition to standard entries, leading scholars in the field have contributed Anchor Essays that, in broad strokes, provide starting points for investigating the more salient victimology and crime prevention topics.
  • While the work as a whole is organized in A-to-Z fashion, to ease nagivation between and among related entries, a Reader's Guide in the front matter groups entries thematically and each entry is followed by cross-references.  Robust search features in the electronic version of the encyclopedia further aid users in quickly and efficiently finding the information they need.
  • Suggestions for Further Reading at the end of each entry guide readers to sources for more detailed research and discussion.
  • Appendices provide a wealth of information to supplement the individual entries and to lead the reader to still more sources of information.  Materials on laws, legal issues, and agencies and organizations offer much that will be useful to any reader who wants to pursue topics further.
  • A representative sampling of general topic areas covered includes interpersonal and domestic violence, child maltreatment, and elder abuse; street violence; hate crimes and terrorism; treatment of victims by the media, courts, police, and politicians; community response to crime victims; physical design for crime prevention; victims of nonviolent crimes; deterrence and prevention; helping and counseling crime victims; international and comparative perspectives, and more.
  • Availability in print and electronic formats provides students with convenient, easy access, wherever they may be.

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