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A first in the field when initially published and now a true classic, CRIME VICTIMS: AN INTRODUCTION TO VICTIMOLOGY, Ninth Edition offers the most comprehensive and balanced exploration of victimology available today. The author examines the victims' plight, carefully placing statistics from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report and Bureau of Justice Statistics National Crime Victimization Survey in context. At the same time, he "humanizes" victims' stories through compelling case studies. The text systematically investigates how victims are currently handled by the criminal justice system, analyzes the goals of the victims' rights movement, and discusses what the future is likely to hold. This Ninth Edition presents current coverage of the seriousness of intimate partner violence, child abuse, sexual assaults in the U.S. military, acquaintance rapes on college campuses, shootings on campuses, whether arming for self-protection is an effective strategy, and similar high-profile issues. It also includes new information about "survivorology" and "bystanderology" as well as new material on practical issues facing victims.

Andrew Karmen, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Andrew Karmen has been a professor in the Sociology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice since 1978. He has taught courses on a wide range of subjects including general sociology, criminal justice, criminology, crime and justice in New York City, drug abuse, delinquency, social problems, race relations, research methods, statistics, and victimology. He has previously served as the coordinator of both the criminology and criminal justice undergraduate majors, the co-director of the master's program in criminal justice, and as a member of the doctoral faculty. Dr. Karmen has written journal articles and chapters in books on a number of subjects, including drug abuse, police use of deadly force, auto theft, providing defense attorneys to indigents, victims' rights, the victimization of women, and predictions about the plight of crime victims in the future. His investigation of why crime rates rise and fall, NEW YORK MURDER MYSTERY: THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE CRIME CRASH OF THE 1990s, (NYU Press, paperback edition 2006) unearths statistical evidence that casts doubt on most of the widely held beliefs about the reasons for the dramatic improvement in public safety in New York City. In 2012, Dr. Karmen was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the World Society Of Victimology.
  • This edition features new material on "survivorology"--a potential focus within victimology that encourages researchers to explore why certain individuals show admirable resilience and are able to effectively cope with adversity, transcend their injuries and losses, and recover from their ordeals. Many examples of inspiring resilience and recoveries by courageous victims appear throughout the book.
  • A new focus on "bystanderology"--a previously overlooked aspect of how onlookers respond to crimes in progress--includes examples throughout the book of how third parties such as "good samaritans" respond to the plight of victims under attack.
  • The author further emphasizes theoretical explanations about why some groups of people are targeted by offenders more than other groups, and why some individuals find themselves repeatedly singled out more than others.
  • Additional material on practical issues facing victims includes topics such as whether to scrupulously follow victimization prevention tips in the future, and victims' experiences filing claims for reimbursement.
  • New coverage of controversies appearing in the news includes discussion of the seriousness of intimate partner violence, child abuse, sexual assaults in the U.S. military, acquaintance rapes on college campuses, shootings on campuses, and whether arming for self-protection is an effective strategy.
  • Every chapter has been thoroughly updated with fresh, current examples to supplement classic cases, new research findings, and the latest government data showing statistical trends up to 2013 (whenever possible).
  • This edition includes more information about victimization in other countries, reflecting the globalization that is making societies more interconnected and more interested in learning from each other's experiences.
  • The text is supported by a website maintained by the author at, which posts the latest developments and real-life cases that illustrate issues discussed in the textbook. Items on the website are connected to specific chapters and pages.
  • To keep the book on the cutting edge of the field, the author presents current coverage of human and sex trafficking, cybercrimes, crimes on campus, identity theft, stalking, motor vehicle theft, prison attacks, and similar high-profile issues.
  • Chapter-opening learning objectives help students focus on and master key concepts and theories as they are presented in each chapter.
  • The text "humanizes" victims, particularly through the inclusion of compelling cases that illustrate their plight. This makes an already well-written text more engaging, and allows students to comprehend the challenges that face victims and their advocates, rather than simply remember details.
  • Discussion questions at the end of each chapter help instructors launch a dialogue on controversial issues covered in the chapter. The questions can also be used for essay assignments for instructors who emphasize the development of writing skills in their classes.
  • Critical thinking questions at the end of each chapter give students the opportunity to argue and evaluate opposing points of view.
  • Suggested research projects at the end of each chapter provide instructors with a list of possible term paper topics that are intriguing, relevant, and practical.
  • Boxed features inspire a deeper discussion of key topics and invite research into intriguing subjects, such as "The System's Shortcomings from a Victim's Point of View," and "The Most Serious Shootings On Campus."
  • This edition presents the very latest data about victimization and includes high profile cases that brought about criminal justice reforms. These include bystander intervention that led to tragedy, a deadly incident of road rage, identity theft suffered by a prominent figure, survivors seeking reconciliation with the offender, persons using a gun to save their own lives, and the motor vehicle theft of a truck in the president's entourage.
1. What Is Victimology?
2. The Rediscovery of Crime Victims.
3. Victimization in the United States: An Overview.
4. Violent Crimes: Murders and Robberies.
5. Victims' Contributions to the Crime Problem.
6. Victims and the Criminal Justice System: Cooperation and Conflict; Part 1: The Police.
7. Victims and the Criminal Justice System: Cooperation and Conflict; Part 2: Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, Judges, Juries, and Corrections Officials.
8. Victimized Children.
9. Victims of Violence by Lovers and Family Members.
10. Victims of Rapes and Other Sexual Assaults.
11. Additional Groups of Victims with Special Problems.
12. Repaying Victims.
13. Victims in the Twenty-First Century: Alternative Directions.
Name Index.
Subject Index.

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Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9781305634961
Updated to reflect new content in the main text, the manual includes learning objectives, key terms, a detailed chapter outline, a chapter summary, discussion topics, student activities, and a test bank in which 30% of the questions have been revised. Each chapter's test bank contains questions in multiple-choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, and essay formats--with a full answer key. The test bank is coded to the learning objectives that appear in the main text, and includes the page numbers in the main text where the answers can be found. Finally, each test bank question has been carefully reviewed by experienced criminal justice instructors for quality, accuracy, and content coverage. Our Instructor Approved seal, which appears on the front cover, is our assurance that you are working with an assessment and grading resource of the highest caliber. The manual is available for download on the password-protected instructor book companion website; a printed copy is available upon request.

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ISBN: 9781305277472
Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The slides are available for download on the password-protected instructor book companion website or upon request. The PowerPoint slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition.