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“The book achieves its goal of encouraging the reader to think broadly about how the consequences of violent victimization can be measured, understood, and prevented. The authors also achieve their goal of emphasizing the need for multiple research methods and multiple theoretical perspectives for understanding the effects and implications of violent crime. The book would certainly be a useful resource for students studying psychology or criminology, and is likely to be of interest to professionals who work with victims of violent crime.”


What are the effects that violent crime has on our everyday lives, both in terms of the individual victims and their larger community? This unique text draws from both the fields of criminology and psychology to provide ...

Studying the Effects of Victimization
Studying the effects of victimization

Because the criminal justice system is primarily concerned with preventing and responding to crime, police need to know both the incidence and prevalence of criminal victimizations. Incidence refers to the rate of crime incidents (e.g., the number of crimes per 100,000 people), and prevalence refers to the rate of victims (e.g., the number of individuals victimized per 100,000 people). Estimates of incidence and prevalence come from the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), each of which, as we discussed in Chapter 1, has strengths and weaknesses. Because these measures are widely known and generally accepted, researchers and practitioners use them to gauge the extent of criminal victimization, especially in terms of ...

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