Organized around the intersecting social divisions of class, race, age, and gender, the book provides an engaging and authoritative overview of the nature of victimisation in society. In addition to a review of the major theoretical developments in relation to understanding aspects of victimization in society, individual chapters explore the political and social context of victimisation and the historical, comparative, and contemporary research and scholarly work on it. Each chapter includes the following:- Background and glossary- Theory, research and policy review - `Thinking critically about...' sections- Reflections and future research directions- Summary and conclusions- Annotated bibliographyVictims, Crime and Society is the essential text on victims for students of criminology, criminal justice, community safety, youth justice and related areas.

Women, Victims and Crime

Women, victims and crime

Chapter Aims

  • To engender a discussion on women, victims and crime.
  • To review and illustrate the nature of women as victims.
  • To explore how women negotiate and are helped to survive social harm and criminal victimization.
  • To consider women as real offenders and criminal victimizers.


The social relations of gender in the study of victims have slowly been exposed during the past 30 years. In the UK, one of the ways in which this can be appreciated is in the context of feminism and voluntarism. The confluence of feminism and voluntarism was particularly evident in the decade of the 1970s when feminist pressure groups together with pro-victim ...

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