Forensic victimology assessments in child abuse and neglect cases

Wayne Petherick*

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Victimology is the study of victims. Forensic victimology is the study of victims of crime to answer investigative and legal questions. A victimological assessment involves the examination of information from a number of domains including medical history, psychological history, financial history, and residential history. This information is then examined for patterns, themes, and association that informs on an overall risk assessment for the victim. As a child does not have enough life experience to have amassed information for each history and because they are so dependent on parents and other caregivers, a child victimology will inevitably include information about these significant other people.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChild Abuse and Neglect
Subtitle of host publicationForensic Issues in Evidence, Impact and Management
EditorsIndia Bryce, Wayne Petherick, Yolande Robinson
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780128153444
ISBN (Print)9780128153451
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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