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Understanding Victimology

An Active-Learning Approach

By Shelly Clevenger, Jordana N. Navarro, Catherine D. Marcum, George E. Higgins

© 2018 – Routledge

213 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781498772846
pub: 2018-03-06
Hardback: 9780815399902
pub: 2018-03-13

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Understanding Victimology: An Active-Learning Approach explains what the field of victimology is—including its major theoretical perspectives and research methods—and provides insight into the dynamics of various offline and online crimes from the victims’ vantage point. It is the only textbook to provide numerous innovative active learning exercises to enhance and reinforce student learning, and it addresses important contemporary topics that have thus far not been covered by other victimology texts, including identity theft, hate crimes, and terrorism. This unique and relevant work is ideal for students, academics, and practitioners who are interested in a comprehensive introduction to victimology.


'This is the most dynamic victimology text on the market. It is truly intersectional and comprehensive in its treatment of victims, contains hands-on active learning exercises that increase understanding and empathy, and provides great information for future practitioners of every stripe. I've been looking for this text for 20 years.'Elicka Peterson Sparks, Department of Government and Justice Studies, Appalachian State University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Victimology

2. Theories of Victimization

3. Victims’ Rights and Remedies

4. Hybrid and Online Victimization

5. Personal and Property Victimization

6. Rape, Sexual Assault, and Kidnapping

7. Intimate Partner Violence

8. School and Work Victimization

9. Victimization of Special Populations

10. Hate Crimes and Terrorism

About the Authors

Dr. Shelly Clevenger is an Assistant Professor at Illinois State University in the Criminal Justice Sciences Department. She has authored peer-reviewed journal publications and books on the topics of sexual assault, intimate partner abuse, and cybervictimization. Dr. Clevenger presented her research at the United Nations Women in New York City in December 2016. She has also done speaking engagements throughout the state of Illinois on her work and activism. Dr. Clevenger is also the recipient of the 2016 Feminist Criminology Article of the Year Award. She has two other forthcoming books, Teaching Theory and Gendering Criminology: Crime and Justice Today. She has also been recognized for her teaching in these areas by Illinois State University with both college and university Faculty Teacher of the Year Awards; the 2016 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Victimology; and the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award from ASC’s Division of Critical Criminology and Social Justice.

Dr. Jordana N. Navarro is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at The Citadel. Dr. Navarro grew up in south Florida where she aspired to pursue a career in law enforcement. After studying sociology at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Navarro developed a passion for understanding victimization perpetrated both offline and online.

Dr. Catherine D. Marcum is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Appalachian State University. Dr. Marcum grew up in West Virginia and aspired to a career in higher education. Her research interests include cybercrime victimization and offending, sexual victimization, and correctional issues. As of the publication date of this text, she has authored or coauthored over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 books in her areas of expertise.

Dr. George E. Higgins is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville.Dr. Higgins received his Ph.D. in Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2001. His research focuses on testing criminological theories. Dr. Higgins publishes consistently with students and colleagues from around the world.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology