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Introduction to Victimology

Contemporary Theory, Research, and Practice

Bonnie S. Fisher, Bradford W. Reyns, and John J. Sloan, III

Publication Date - September 2015

ISBN: 9780199322497

496 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $129.99

The only theoretical, research-based introduction to victimology


With an author team led by Bonnie S. Fisher, one of the preeminent scholars in the field, Introduction to Victimology: Contemporary Theory, Research, and Practice is ideal for victimology survey courses at any level. This unique volume employs an integrated approach that focuses on theory, research, and practice. It covers a wide range of issues and also addresses unique topics such as victim decision making, fear of crime, and preventing victimization.


Incorporates relevant theory into the coverage of each key topic and connects the topics through theories that have developed over the past several decades

Offers theoretical explanations for the causes and correlates of victimization, the reoccurrence of victimization, and domains of victimization

Examines research across the main topics by discussing both classic and current studies

Provides case studies and examples of victimology in practice, linking theory to practice and highlighting programs that have successfully addressed issues like prevention, mitigation of harm, and responses to victims and victimization

Introduces students to current research in theory testing, discussing how accurate various theories have been shown to be

"Spotlight on Theory," "Spotlight on Research," and "Spotlight on Policy" boxes offer in-depth looks at timely topics

About the Author(s)

Bonnie S. Fisher is Professor of Criminal Justice and Fellow of the Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati. She has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Panel on Measuring Rape and Sexual Assault. She was awarded the Academy Fellow Award by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2014 and the Rieveschl Award for Creative and/or Scholarly Works by the University of Cincinnati in 2012.

Bradford W. Reyns is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Weber State University, where he teaches courses in victimology, criminology, and research methods. In 2015 he was awarded the Dello G. Dayton award for excellence in research and teaching by Weber State University.

John J. Sloan III is Professor of Criminal Justice, Chair of the Department of Justice Sciences, and Co-Founder and Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received the inaugural President's Award for Excellence in Classroom Instruction at UAB in 1998 and has subsequently been a finalist for that award multiple times. In 2014, he was runner-up for the Ellen Gregg Ingalls/UAB National Alumni Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Teaching, the highest award for teaching given by the university.


"Introduction to Victimology presents a very different approach to the study of victimology. I believe that it is really the first book to provide a true overview, or survey of, the discipline."--Kate Fox, Arizona State University

"Introduction to Victimology is written by leading experts, is based on theory and empirical research, and covers all of the key topics related to victimization."--Kevin Beaver, Florida State University

Table of Contents

    Part I: Origins and Theories in Victimology
    Chapter 1. Origins of Victimology
    Chapter 2. Opportunity Theories of Victimization
    Chapter 3. Contemporary Theories of Victimization
    Part II: Sources, Trends, and Types of Victimization
    Chapter 4. Sources of Victimization Data
    Chapter 5. Personal Victimization
    Chapter 6. Victimization of Women, Children, and the Elderly
    Chapter 7. Property and White-Collar Victimization
    Chapter 8. Domain-Specific Opportunities for Victimization
    Chapter 9. Recurring Victimization
    Part III: Responses to and Consequences of Victimization
    Chapter 10. Victim Decision Making
    Chapter 11. Consequences of Victimization
    Chapter 12. Responding to Victimization
    Chapter 13. Fear of Criminal Victimization
    Part IV: The Prevention of Victimization in the 21st Century
    Chapter 14. Preventing Victimization with Environmental Criminology

Teaching Resources

Ancillary Resource Center (ARC) at www.oup-arc.com is a convenient, instructor-focused single destination for resources to accompany Introduction to Victimology: Contemporary Theory, Research, and Practice. Accessed online through individual user accounts, the ARC provides instructors with access to up-to-date ancillaries at any time while guaranteeing the secu­rity of grade-significant resources. In addition, it allows OUP to keep instructors informed when new content becomes available.

The ARC for Introduction to Victimology: Contemporary Theory, Research, and Practice houses digital copies of the:

  • Instructors Manual, which includes chapter outlines, key terms and definitions, lecture outlines, PowerPoint slides, web links, in-class activities and project assignments, suggestions for class discussion, additional readings, and an image bank
  • Test Bank, which includes multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and essay questions
  • PowerPoint lecture slides

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