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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 ...

Violent Victimization and the Immediate Aftermath
Violent victimization and the immediate aftermath

Violent crimes generally occur quickly and without warning. Because victims of these crimes are likely to be highly aroused, emotionally upset, and physically injured, perhaps seriously, it is not surprising that victims are often uncertain about what to do during and after the crime. Nor is it surprising that at some later point, their actions might appear to themselves and to others to have been irrational and ineffective. Those later judgments have important implications for a victim's emotional and physical recovery during the weeks and months following the victimization.

This chapter consists of three parts. First, we give general characterizations of the participants in violent victimizations, including characteristics of offenders, victims, and the relationships between ...

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