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Victims of Crime.

Victims of Crime by Robert A. Jerin and Laura J. Moriarty, Nelson-Hall, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1997.

Victims of Crime, a well-developed textbook for the field of victimology, has many criminal justice applications. Scholars and practitioners will find the information on the criminal justice system objective and comprehensive. This publication presents an excellent overview of the many facets of victimization.

The authors identify issues and concerns that students and professionals have voiced over the years. The chapters are organized and weI1 written, and the authors' experiences working for victims contribute to the clarity of the writing.

The authors bring to light several significant issues for police officials to consider and stress that the mutual dependence between crime victims and the police cannot be underestimated. For example, although police officers are trained to gather as much information as possible at the scene of the crime in order to make an arrest, this requirement to gather evidence may conflict with the victim's needs. This delicate balance can put law enforcement officers at odds with the victim.

Police officials depend on cooperation from the victim. Remaining sensitive during the investigative phase will improve rapport and enhance communication. Furthermore, consideration and sensitivity to the victim's needs results in successful investigations and prosecutions.

An in-depth review of the text reveals extensive coverage of victimology. Initially, the authors provide a brief overview of the victim's movement and various programs for crime victims. The first three chapters concern victims and the police, victims and the courts, and victims and corrections. The next three chapters address domestic violence, women as victims, children as victims, and elderly as victims. Additional chapters study nondomestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes.

In the final chapters, the authors examine crime prevention, international programs, and the future for victims of crime. All of these will prove quite useful to those in law enforcement. Accurate information about victimology will help bridge the gap between victims and those who investigate the crimes. Victims of Crime is essential reading for criminal justice practitioners and individuals concerned with the rights and welfare of victims.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Baker, Thomas E.
Publication:The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 1, 2000
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