Victims in Society
Fall 2000
 Sequence of Topics and Readings


 CLICK ON THE RIGHT for questions to accompany readings for each week. See instructions under readings about accessing online files

NOTE:

WEEK OF

TOPIC AND READING

QUESTIONS

9/4

VICTIMIZATION: WHAT, WHO, HOW MUCH, NEW TYPES
Introduction: Course goals; syllabus; academic misconduct
* What is crime * Who are crime victims * What are the elements of the crime incident *Before, during, and after
KARMEN: INTRODUCTION AND CHAPTER 1
ONLINE: WHAT IS THE OFFICE OF THE VICTIMS OF CRIME?
READING:
BROWSER:
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/factshts/ovcfact.htm
RETRIEVE:
ovcfact.htm

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9/11

Victimization: Understanding how rates are calculated, and what they mean
KARMEN, CHAPTER 2

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9/18

Victimization: Rates and the idea of differential risk
READING:
PDF: CV98.PDF
Pay especially close attention to the following tables: 1, 2, 3, 6, 9
TEST 1

9/25

Thinking about victimization costs

ONLINE:
BROWSER:
Victim Costs and Consequences A New Look (LONG VERSION: ONLY UP THROUGH P. 19 - second one by this title - PLEASEA DO NOT PRINT OUT WHOLE ARTICLE! UNLESS YOU PROMISE TO READ IT!)
available at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/infores/victims/

PDF: VICTCOST2.PDF

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10/02

Theories for understanding the victimization event: routine activities theory, lifestyles, victim "provocation," ecological
KARMEN , CHAPTER 3
TEST 2

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10/9

More on theories of crime; Beginning to consider special issues: Campus Crime, and Campus Victims

Sloan, Fisher and Cullen (1997) Assessing the student right to know and campus security act of 1990 Crime and Delinquency 43 148-168.

ONLINE:
PDF: CAMPUSCRIME.PDF

Look at actual campus crime statistics:
ONLINE:
PDF: campuscrime97.pdf

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10/16

More on on campus crime reporting and campus crime victims rights

ONLINE:
BROWSER:Bryan Nisenfeld
http://www.providencephoenix.com/archive/features/98/01/08/BRYAN.html
FILE: bryan

Other recommended, not required

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/assist/nvaa/ch21-8cc.htm

An MIT student's complaint

WV Wesleyan fails to report

Increases on specific campuses

Differences in reporting practices

Campus court problems

First Nisenfeld article
http://www.providencephoenix.com/archive/features/97/06/12/MISSING.html

10/22

Stalking
ONLINE: Stalking in America: Findings From the National Violence Against Women Survey
BROWSER: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/victdocs.htm
PDF: stalking.pdf

TEST 3

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10/29

UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACTS
Overview of the consequences of victimization: psychological, social, economic. Using the stress perspective to understand impact of crime
Issues of: Social Support, Belief in a Just World
ONLINE:
Specifying the Buffering Hypothesis: Support, Strain, and Depression. Pamela Braboy Jackson (1992) Social Psychology Quarterly, 55 363-378.
JUST READ THE INTRO, UP TO PAGE 368.
PDF: buffering.pdf

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11/6

WHAT THE SYSTEM CAN DO: THE SYSTEM, VICTIMS, RIGHTS, AND ROLES
An Overview of Different System Roles for the Victim
READ: KARMEN CHAPTER 4

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11/13

Victim and Witness Intimidation and its Prevention
ONLINE:
Victim and Witness Intimidation: New Developments and Emerging Responses
BROWSER: http://www.ncjrs.org/courdocs.htm; you will see the document listed. Documents are arranged alphabetically.
PDF: WITINTIM.PDF

Protection orders
RECOMMENDED READING (I will be covering some of this in class):
ONLINE:
Legal Interventions in Family Violence: Research Findings and Policy
Read the following chapters:

  1. Civil Protection Orders: Legislation, Current Court Practice, and Enforcement (Peter Finn and Sarah Colson) PAGES 43-47

  2. The Effectiveness of Civil Protection Orders (Susan Keilitz, Paula Hannaford, and Hillery S. Efkeman) PAGES 47-49
  3. Effects of Restraining Orders on Domestic Violence Victims (Adele Harrell and Barbara Smith) PAGES 49-51

BROSWER: : http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/courdocs.htm
PDF: legalinternfamily.pdf
WARNING - please do NOT print out the whole document - it is 89 pages!!!

TEST 4

 

11/20

REPEAT VICTIMIZATION
ONLINE:
Laycock and Pease "Revictimization: Reducing the heat on hot victims"
BROWSER: http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles/revictim.pdf
PDF: revictim.pdf
RECOMMENDED: Kingma (1999) "Repeat victimization of victims of violence 1971-1995" Journal of interpersonal violence
PDF: repeat1.pdf

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11/27

Compensation and restitution
READ: KARMEN, Ch. 6 UP TO 291

12/4

Compensation (continued)
Mediation
Neighborhood justice centers
READ: KARMEN, Ch. 6 p. 292 to end; CHAPTER 7

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12/11

THIS WEEK THERE IS CLASS ON MONDAY (12/11) AND WEDNESDAY (12/13)
TEST 5 WED 12/13 OR 12/14
COMPETENCIES: THURSDAY 12/14/00 8:30 - 10:30 AM