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Trends and Issues in Victimology

Editor(s): Natti Ronel, K. Jaishankar and Moshe Bensimon

Book Description

This book focuses on varied practical and theoretical issues of the science of victims, Victimology. Featuring a foreword and epilogue by leading victimologists, and fifteen original essays by leading as well as by young international victimologists, Trends and issues in Victimology, illustrates how victimization is currently perceived. This edited collection describes how the victim’s right for privacy is deprived for the benefit of the accused and the public interest, and how special needs populations are exposed to revictimization during criminal proceedings. It also delineates specific characteristics of stalking victims, sexual abused victims, and victims in work place.
Several recommendations and solutions in order to balance the justice system and improve the victims of crime situation are presented in this book. Practical modifications such as the adoption of the principle of restitution in the penal code as a framework for building evidence of victim legislation and policy, and the incorporation of the victim’s therapy and restorative justice proceedings into the criminal justice system, are suggested. Theoretical aspects discuss the rhetoric of victimization and the social construction of victimization and empirical aspects of the focus on the impact of victimization.
This book is a valuable addition to the growing literature on Victimology and Victimization. This book offers versatile authors of multidisciplinary fields of law, victimology, psychology and criminology. It is suitable to use in courses across social sciences, criminology, victimology and law.

”I have read this book with a kind of breathless tension and with an intellectual joy. Its contributions triggered many theoretical questions. This book not only reflects the current intellectual climate in social science, but it has also posed certain challenges.”
—Prof. Gerd Ferdinand Kirchhoff (from the Foreward).


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-0069-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-0069-4
Date of Publication: 01/12/2008
Pages / Size: 330 / A5
Price: £39.99


Natti Ronel is a senior lecturer at the Department of Criminology, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, and licensed clinical criminologist who holds private practice with criminal population, youth and adults who exhibit addiction, violence and/or victimization. He has a special focus on the spiritual aspect of criminology and victimology - its values and impact upon individuals and communities: spiritual based intervention and recovery, moral transformation, forgiveness and spiritual intelligence. Natti is the proponent of a new criminological theory “The Criminal Spin”. Natti is both a practitioner and researcher of victimology.

K. Jaishankar is a senior assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, India. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of two international journals and have edited three books and authored one. He is a Co-Investigator of an International project on cyber-bullying and a member of the UNODC (United Nations office of Drugs and Crime, Vienna) Core group of Experts on Identity related crime. Jaishankar is the proponent of the “Space Transition Theory of Cyber Crimes” and his areas of academic competence are Victimology, cyber criminology, crime mapping, GIS, communal violence, policing, and crime prevention.

Moshe Bensimon is a lecturer at the Department of Criminology, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. His fields of interest combine criminology, victimology and music. In his recent studies he examines the place of music in different psychological and psychosocial victimological aspects, including music therapy with PTSD survivors. Moshe investigated, for example, the impact of group music therapy on victims of terror attacks and the meaning of collective singing to people who were evacuated during the Israeli Disengagement from the Gaza Strip.