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Routledge Handbook on Victims' Issues in Criminal Justice

Edited By Cliff Roberson Copyright 2017
    308 Pages
    by Routledge

    308 Pages
    by Routledge

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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.



    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  


    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.


    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