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Introduction a La Victimologie

Wemmers, Jo-Anne
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) Montreal: Presses de L’universite de Montreal.

The new science of victimology that emerged in the modern criminal justice system relegates the role of the victim as witness. A historical presentation of the evolution of the relationship between the victim, the state, and the accused across time is the subject of the first chapter. The birth of victimology as a new science is documented in chapter 2. Chapter 3 discusses the victims’ movement and the emergence of services for victims. Chapter 4 describes the psychological, social, and financial consequences of victimization. Chapter 5 discusses the needs of victims, as well as the concept of secondary victimization. In chapters 6 and 7, the focus is on victim surveys, repeat victimization, and crime prevention. Chapters 8 and 9 describe the services developed for crime victims in Quebec. These services are discussed within the framework of provincial, Federal, and international victim policy. Chapter 10 discusses the topic of restorative justice and its implications for crime victims. An overview of the major philosophical approaches in victimology and their consequences for research and practice is presented. Abstract courtesy of National Criminal Justice Referece Service,


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