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The Essentials

Third Edition

January 2021 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Victimology: The Essentials, Third Edition, concisely 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 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 Third Edition features contemporary issues such as cybervictimization, the neurobiology of trauma, the victimization of LGBQT people, and much more.

CHAPTER 1. Introduction to Victimology
CHAPTER 2. Extent, Theories, and Factors of Victimization
CHAPTER 3. Consequences of Victimization
CHAPTER 4. Recurring Victimization
CHAPTER 5. Victims’ Rights and Remedies
CHAPTER 6. Homicide Victimization: by Lisa R. Muftic
CHAPTER 7. Sexual Victimization
CHAPTER 8. Intimate Partner Violence
CHAPTER 9. Victimization at the Beginning and End of Life: Child and Elder Abuse
CHAPTER 10. Victimization at School and Work
CHAPTER 11. Property Victimization, Identity Theft Victimization, and Cybervictimization
CHAPTER 12. Victimization of Special Populations
CHAPTER 13. Victimology From a Comparative Perspective: by Lisa R. Muftic
CHAPTER 14. Contemporary Issues in Victimology: Victims of Hate Crimes, Human Trafficking, and Terrorism
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Key features


·        A new section on cybervictmization has been included in Chapter 11 that covers technology-facilitated sexual violence, technology-based coercive control, revenge porn, and cyberbullying.

·         Focus on Research: Updated Focus of Research boxes are included throughout and feature recent research to  highlight the connection and influence research has had in the field of victimology.

·         Updated sections on prevention: Sections on prevention have been added and expanded in every chapter, including the prevention of child maltreatment, victimization of persons with disabilities, victimization of persons with mental illness, hate crime victimization, human trafficking, and terrorism.

·         Updated statistics: The latest data on victimization and types of victimization from NCVS and UCR are used throughout the chapters, as well as current data on human trafficking, theft, household burglary, motor vehicle theft, identity theft, victims of hate crime, victimization of persons with disabilities and of those who are incarcerated, and victims of terrorism.

New and expanded topics: The text examines victimization for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender and how minority stress theory may account for their victimization; how victimization is a form of trauma and why it influences the brain; what consent is and the role it plays in sexual victimization; sexual victimizations perpetrated via technology and behaviors recently investigated as potential sexual victimization such as condom stealthing; how biopsychosocial explanations can be used to explain victimization.  


  • An overarching focus on the extent, causes, and responses to victimization equips students with the foundational knowledge they need to apply key concepts to real-life situations.     
  • Each chapter is specific to a type of victimizationconsistently defines and measures the type of victimization, provides the characteristics, risk factors, and consequences of victimization, and concludes with the responses taken by the legal system, the criminal justice system, and other social services.      
  • full chapter on comparative victimology offer students a global perspective for key topics and issues in victimology.
  • Research projects and findings within each chapter, both in Focus on Research boxes and throughout the narrative, highlight the connection and impact research has had in the field of victimology and offer questions for readers to reflect and discuss with classmates.

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ISBN: 9781544393193