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Critical Victimology

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'Victimology is the study of crime victims. In the history of criminology and criminal justice, this has been a surprisingly neglected topic. This course investigates the relationship between victims of crime and offenders; the harms suffered by crime victims; recovery from victimization; and the response to crime victims by criminal justice institutions and the "helping professions". Critical attention will also be given to victimization occurring within criminal justice institutions as in the case of rape in prisons. Recent changes in criminal justice responses to victims of child abuse, violence against women, and "hate crimes" will also be addressed. Topics will also include the public reaction to crime victims and recent organizing around "victim's rights".'