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Routledge Handbook on Victims' Issues in Criminal Justice

1st Edition

Edited by Cliff Roberson


292 pages

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The Routledge Handbook on Victims’ Issues in Criminal Justice is a comprehensive and authoritative handbook on current issues, with a distinctive emphasis on the delivery of suitable and effective services. The editor provides an introduction and conclusion to the handbook, synthesizing original contributions from current leaders in the field, surveying victims’ rights in the United States, victim participation in the criminal justice system, victims’ welfare and needs, and most notably the services that have been developed in response. A section on special populations in the United States brings focus to current and emerging issues faced within the country, while a section covering international and transnational victimization explores globalization and the implications of other legal traditions and systems.

This handbook addresses the crucial and complex topic of victims’ issues, examining both societal and governmental reactions to victims’ concerns and acquainting readers with the issues that discord may cause, and how they affect the provision of services. This book will serve as an essential reference for academics and practitioners working with crime victims, as well as for students taking courses in victimology, criminology, sociology, and related subjects.


Within victimology, in addition to journal articles, textbooks, and research reports, there is a continuing need to fill in the gaps. This Handbook on Victims' Issues, edited by Cliff Roberson, will stand out as such a document. This scholarly text offers a variety of information, and could serve as an excellent companion anthology for an advanced course." -- John P. Dussich, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, California State University, Fresno

Roberson’s Handbook on Victims’ Issues in Criminal Justice is an indispensable resource for any criminal justice professional who deals with crime victims. The major topics are thoroughly covered, as well as cutting-edge topics, including restorative justice and LGBT victims.—Robert Winters, J.D., Professor, Kaplan University

Table of Contents




Chapter 1: Issues in Victim Services

Heather Zaykowski

Chapter 2: Federal Victims’ Legislation

Maren Trochmann, Angela R. Gover, and Maria J. Patterson

Chapter 3: Victims’ Assistance Programs’ Reforms

Bethany A. Poff and Catherine D. Marcum

Chapter 4: Victims in Criminology Theory

Tusty ten Bensel and Dana L. Radatz

Chapter 5: Victims’ Rights Legislation: Comparative Assessment and Implementation Issues

Francis D. Boateng


Chapter 6: Expanding the Conceptualization of Survivor in Sexual Assaults

Shelly Clevenger and Jordana N. Navarro

Chapter 7: Intimate Partner Violence, Neoliberal Ideologies, and Controversies about Victimhood

Jennifer Katz and Hillary Rich

Chapter 8: Why Me: Understanding Cybercrime Victimization

Jordana N. Navarro and Shelly Clevenger

Chapter 9: Hate Crime Victimization

Kevin Wong and Kris Christmann

Chapter 10: Counseling Families of Murdered Victims: A Therapeutic Perspective

Nana A. Serwaa Adjekum-Boateng and Francis D. Boateng

Chapter 11: Members of the LGBT Community as Victims of Crime

David P. Weiss


Chapter 12: Enhancing Service Provider Systems

Jed Metzger

Chapter 13: Special Needs of Elderly Victims

Yoshiko Takahashi

Chapter 14: Providers’ and Latina Immigrants’ Views of Anti-Domestic Violence Services in the Midwest

Angelica S. Reina and Cecilia Menjívar

Chapter 15: Victim Impact Statements: Understanding and Improving Their Use

Chadley James

Chapter 16: Victims’ Needs and Restorative Justice

Andrew S. Gladfelter and R. Barry Ruback

Chapter 17: Helping Sexual Assault Victims

Suzanne Overstreet, Susan McNeeley, Kathryn Elvey, and Whitney Gass

Chapter 18: Victim Witnesses in Investigative Interviews and Court Processes

Jacqueline M. Wheatcroft


Chapter 19: History of the World Society of Victimology

John P. J. Dussich

Chapter 20: Victimology and Victims’ Service Organizations

Cliff Roberson

Chapter 21: Victims and the Media

Annette Van de Merwe  

About the Editor


Cliff Roberson LL.M., Ph.D., is an Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, and a retired Professor of Criminology at California State University, Fresno, California. His educational background includes a Ph.D. in Human Behavior from U.S. International University; an LL.M. in Criminal Law, Criminology, and Psychiatry from George Washington University; a J.D. from American University; a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri; and one year of post-graduate study at the University of Virginia School of Law.

His previous academic experiences include Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Arkansas Tech University; Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Houston, Victoria; Director of Programs, National College of District Attorneys; Professor of Criminology and Director of Justice Center, California State University, Fresno; and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, St. Edwards University. His non-academic experience includes services as a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, as well as service as a military judge and marine judge advocate. Other legal experience includes time as a Trial Supervisor, Office State Counsel for Offenders, Texas Board of Criminal Justice, and judge pro tempore in the California Courts. He has authored or co-authored over 60 books and texts on legal subjects.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology