Victimology, or the study of victims of crime, is a general term that describes any study of victims and their characteristics. In a general sense, victimology includes the results of research into risk factors, as well as restorative justice, that seeks to engage victims in the process of justice. Forensic victimology, on the other hand, refers to the examination of a particular crime victim in order to answer case-specific questions. It is the result of ideographic (single case) study rather than nomothetic (group) study. This chapter discusses forensic victimology after placing it within the general area of study from which it came, then moves on to victim precipitation and risk factors for victimization. A suggested approach to forensic victimology is also included.
|Title of host publication||Applied Crime Analysis: A Social Science Approach to Understanding Crime, Criminals, and Victims|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Jun 2014|