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    Review: "it would be hard to imagine a textbook on this topic that is more complete than Victimology."

    Posted by Lindsay White on May 2, 2018 12:53:58 PM


    Longtime educator and respected author, Frank Schmalleger reviewed the recently published third edition of Victimology: Theories and Applications by Ann Wolbert Burgess, RN, DNSc, FAAN. Dr. Schmalleger had this to say about the best-selling text:

    "The field of victimology has expanded dramatically over the past half-century – and Burgess’s Victimology text, now in its third edition, has more than kept pace. And that’s a GOOD thing. At 738 pages Victimology is a comprehensive tome that sets a high bar for competing texts. Victimology covers all aspects of the field in satisfyingly great detail. It includes, for example, a chapter on forensic victimology –  which is the process of systematically gathering and examining victim information that might prove useful in addressing investigative and forensic issues. In short, it would be hard to imagine a textbook on this topic that is more complete than Victimology.

    While some criminologists might still claim that victimology is a subfield of criminology, victimology has been recognized as an independent area of study for nearly 30 years. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of victimology, contributions to the field have come from many corners – enriching the field in ways that would not otherwise be possible. Burgess is a psychiatric nurse, with a slew of credentials, and Victimology demonstrates the rich benefits that an interdisciplinary approach can bring to any topic. If you have a special interest in, or are teaching a class in victimology, then Burgess’s Victimology is for you!"

    In the recently published text, Dr. Burgess provides an overview of issues related to a variety of victims types, such as children, the elderly, women, individuals and groups of a specific race or religion, and victims of internet crime. Within the context of each victim type, she discusses not only the impact of the crime on the victim, but also covers the motivation of the perpetrator, strategies for intervention, laws that define the nature of the crime, and the legal attempts to punish offenders.

    Read Chapter 1: Crime and Victimology

    Dr. Burgess is the authority on the subject of victimology. Throughout her career she has testified as an expertAnnBurgess witness in 31 states and has received grants and published articles on the topics of rape trauma, child sexual abuse, child pornography, serial offenders, crime classifcation posttraumatic stress, elder abuse, and wounded warriors. She teaches courses in Victimology, Forensic Science, Forensic Mental Health, Case Studies in Forensics, and Forensic Science Lab at Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing. Her work with FBI criminal profilers in the Behavioral Science Unit in the 1970s can be seen in the new Netflix crime drama, Mindhunter, in which lead character Dr. Wendy Carr is based on the real-life expertise of Dr. Burgess and her collaboration with two FBI special agents.

    Whether a student is considering a career in the criminal justice system, health care, first responder services, social work, or academia, this applied text will guide them toward a deeper understanding of the multifaceted world of victimology and prepare them to better serve victims of crime.

    Topics: Criminal Justice, Authors, victimology