Victimology is the study of victimization, including the psychological effects on victims, relationships between victims and offenders, the interactions between victims and the criminal justice system—that is, the police and courts, and corrections officials—and the connections between victims and other social groups and institutions, such as the media, businesses, and social movements.


Laypersons` and legal professionals` evaluations of emotional victims within the just world paradigm
Alice Bosma
Pages: 248 pages
Shipping Weight: 0 gram
Published: 09-2019
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462405202

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EMOTIVE JUSTICE concerns reactions of laypersons and legal professionals to emotional victims of serious crime. Although we would expect victims to receive acknowledgment and support, even the most well-meaning individuals might react in ways that enhance rather than alleviate the suffering of victims, causing secondary victimization.

The Belief in a Just World Theory (BJW) is a suitable research framework to explain why people, motivated to behave as if the world is a just place where everyone gets what they deserve, react in either positive or negative ways when they get confronted with counter-evidence, such as the victimization of an innocent victim. However, BJW theory has up until now insufficiently focused on the observers’ normative evaluation of the injustice as well as the emotionality of the victim. Moreover, while negative reactions to victims are particularly harmful in institutional environments such as the criminal justice system, the theory has not sufficiently been applied in this context. 

Exploring reactions to victims in different settings calls for innovative research methods adapted to the context. Both qualitative (Articulated Thoughts in Simulated Situations) and quantitative measures are employed to investigate how legal professionals (Dutch justice and prosecutors), tasked with managing the emotionality in the courtroom, as well as avoiding secondary victimization, differ from laypersons in their reactions to emotional victim narratives. 

Alice Bosma is assistant professor at the department of Criminal Law, Tilburg University (the Netherlands).


A Victimless Crime?

a narrative on victims of terrorism to build a case for support

Author: Laura Dolci

ISBN: EAN9789462404601

Publication: 2018

2nd edition 2020

On 19 August 2003, Laura Dolci lost her husband, Jean-Sélim Kanaan, in the terrorist attack against the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. They were a 'UN couple' of young humanitarians, who had met in war-torn Bosnia. On the day of the blast, he was 33, she was 33. Their son was 28 days old. "A Victimless Crime?" juxtaposes the author's personal story with thorough research on victims of terrorism, whom she calls "the silent protagonists of our times". Today, victims of terrorism are in all continents and belong to all communities, races, gender, ages, professional backgrounds and creeds. Yet, in most countries they are not recognized or assisted. At the international level, little has been achieved for their acknowledgment and assistance. In a 'problem without passports' as is global terrorism today, the author argues that victims fall increasingly between the cracks as if they were everybody's and, paradoxically, nobody's responsibility. This book brings them to the fore, taking the reader through the experience of victims of terrorism. It convincingly makes the case for greater understanding and action by states, civil society and the UN.

"A courageous victim lending her story to advance the cause of an ever-growing number of victims of terrorism. A must-read for policymakers and for anyone who wants to learn about the consequences of terrorism. A passionate one-of-a-kind human rights book."

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Third Revised edition
Rianne Letschert, Marc Groenhuijsen (Eds.)
Pages: 400+ pages
Shipping Weight: 450 gram
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058508232

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This INTERVICT publication brings together some of the most important conventions, treaties, declarations and recommendations in the field of victims` rights. The small size of the booklet makes it easy to take with you on conferences and travel. It aims to show the commitments that Governments have made, and to encourage States to comply with these important standards if they have not done so already. It is also intended as a tool for Governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups, victim rights advocates, service providers, individual citizens and international organizations such as the United Nations, European Union and the Council of Europe.

INTERVICT aims to develop and implement a large scale interdisciplinary research programme in order to make significant contributions to the body of international victimological knowledge. The interdisciplinary approach of the research programme ensures that proper research is performed into all aspects of victimization, which will ultimately contribute to preventing or reducing instances of criminal victimization across the world and to limiting the effects of such victimization on victims and their families including economic costs, pain and suffering.

International instruments:
United Nations
International Criminal Court
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Regional instruments:
Council of Europe
European Union


Taking victims seriously?
Anna Wergens
Pages: 538 pages
Shipping Weight: 450 gram
Published: 12-2014
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462401853

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Parallel to the dynamic evolvement of human rights law, the last decades have seen the development and adoption of numerous victims’ rights instruments. Against the backdrop of rights proliferation and the victims’ rights movement, this thesis discusses whether the rhetoric which increasingly connects victims of non-state crime with human rights is defensible.

Departing from the perception of victims’ rights and human rights as separate fields, two dimensions of this discourse is addressed; the impact of human rights on victims and the claim that victims’ rights are human rights. In analyzing these questions, the development of human rights law, the fundamental human rights principles and the rights-concept have served as reference points for the discussion.

The thesis describes the development which has made it possible to talk about victims as a matter of human rights and which has made human rights law gradually more responsive to the situation of victims. By exploring case law from the European Court of Human Rights, the thesis aims to clarify what the universal rights of the European Convention on Human Rights mean to victims of non-state crime.

When victims are situated in the conceptual framework of human rights, it becomes clear how the major objectives of victims’ rights; to prevent repeat victimization and secondary victimization concur with fundamental principles in the field of human rights. It is also demonstrated that victims’ rights represent different means for victims to access their universal rights and in this way, the access to justice paradigm emerges as the major prerequisite for integrating victims in human rights law.

With respect to the diversification that nonetheless persists between various groups of victims in this field, and the identification of some victims as victims of human rights violations, it is concluded that the appreciation of victims in the sphere of human rights has been influenced by the tension between the universality of human rights and the particular experience of certain groups.

Euro-Africa Perspectives
dr. Don John O. Omale
Pages: 230 pages
Shipping Weight: 450 gram
Published: 09-2012
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058508614

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The book “Restorative Justice and Victimology: Euro-Africa Perspectives” is a well-researched book aim at contributing a comparative discourse, and Afrocentric knowledge to the body of literature in Restorative Justice and Victimology. The book is both practical and analytical. Arguably, the book is the first on Restorative Justice and Victimology in the international market researched and written by an African and Africa-based international scholar. Findings presented in the book demonstrate the potential benefits of restorative justice to governments and victims who may want to implement and participate in restorative justice. These include the “community crimino-vigilance”, “crimino-econometrics” and “value for money” (vfm) potentials of restorative justice policy to governments.

For some victims of crime, the possibility of getting an answer to the “why me?” question which victims often ask, provides victimoautological or self-policing strategy to preventing revictimisation, and a vehicle to Intra-Personal Harmony, reduction in fear of crime, and Inter-Personal Reconciliation. Perhaps to some victims of crime restorative justice is not only seen as a model of justice that gives them “voice” but also as a “Harmony Restoration Therapy”. For the international audience, the author suggests that the Afrocentric knowledge contained in this book is imperative to international academia and practitioners who often are commissioned to chair dispute resolution mechanisms in Africa. The success or failure of their efforts in resolving disputes in Africa, the author argues could strongly be dependent on their knowledge of the core African philosophy of Thoughts: cosmology (African worldview of conflict, crime and reconciliation),axiology (African values of restoration), ontology (African nature and conception of persons), and epistemology (source of knowledge for Africans).

About the Author:
Dr. Don John O. Omale (PhD) is a British Chevening Scholar of Criminology, Restorative Justice and Victimology. He has lectured both in Nigeria and the UK; and has taught very highly placed Senior Officials of the Nigerian Prisons Service. He is a Beneficiary of the Rotary Foundation International Group Study Exchange Programme to California, District 5230 USA (2002); and an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Delegate to the Model United Nations Congress in New York, USA (2003). He holds BSc Psychology (University of Nigeria, Nsukka); MSc Criminology (University of Leicester, UK) and PhD Restorative Justice & Victimology at the Centre for Community and Criminal Justice, De-Montfort University Leicester, England, UK. He is internationally published, and has presented academic papers on Restorative Justice and Victimology at international conferences in the UK, USA, Canada, The Hague, Netherlands; South Africa and Addis Ababa. He is also Facilitator to Dispute Resolution Associates, Asokoro-Abuja on the National Strategic Workshops on Fast Track Trials, and Non-Custodial options; and International Adviser to Restorative Justice Initiative Midland, UK. He is a member of the British society of criminology, London;member of the International Institute of Restorative Practices, Pennsylvania, USA; member of the Restorative Justice International, and member of the World Society of Victimology.


The Implementation of Recommendation (85) 11 of the Council of Europe on the Position of the Victim in the Framework of Criminal Law and Procedure
Hoegen, E. ; Brienen, M.
Pages: 1208 pages
Shipping Weight: 2300 gram
Published: 07-2003
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (hardcover) : 9789058500045

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The implementation of Recommendation (85) 11 is examined in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, England and Wales, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (Zurich) and Turkey. Some of the jurisdictions, in contrast to others, are affluent, modern and economically powerful countries. Populations also vary from a mere 32,000 in Liechtenstein to 64,479,000 in Turkey. The legal systems include members of both the civil law, common law and Nordic legal families. These systems have developed in diverse legal traditions, and as a consequence there are significant differences in their approach to victims of crime within the framework of criminal law and procedure. From 1994 until the end of 1999 the two researchers have been studying the implementation of recommendation (85) 11 of the Council of Europe on the position of the victim in the framework of Criminal Law and Procedure.

For their research they had to travel thousands of miles and interview hundreds of people. Their efforts resulted in this book containing information never published before.

For their outstanding research and work the authors were awarded the ERASMUS Research Prize in 2000.

Aircrash Aftermath: a true story
Hove, C. ten
Pages: 300 pages
Shipping Weight: 550 gram
Published: 07-2005
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058501660

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This book contains the story of one of the survivors of the plane crash in Faro in 1992. It’s also a report on the failure of systems and institutions that are intended to assist persons in need of support after such a disaster.

Finally it is a testimony to the resilience and ingenuity of the individual, the survivor as well as his family and friends and committed professionals.December 21, 1992: A disaster struck Faro, Portugal. A Dutch Martinair DC-10 crashed at the airport leaving many passengers dead or wounded. Cor ten Hove, the author of this book, was a passenger on that plane. He survived, but his life would never be the same. In this book he describes the plane crash and the impact it has had on his life ever since. He has had to deal with, and is still dealing with problems relating to health care, insurance, legal cases, financial concerns, employment, interactions with government bureaucracies, and much more.

The surveys included in this book, conducted among survivors and relatives of the victims of the Faro air disaster, show that this is not the story of one man. It’s not even the story of only Faro air disaster survivors. Unfortunately it’s the story of many individuals who have found the path to recovery littered with unanticipated obstacles. Modern society, its institutions and legal systems are poorly prepared to deal with complicated situations that persist in the long term. If a situation is too complex and lasts too long, the institutions in question increasingly seem to insist that the individual just needs to get over it and move on.The imperative is to face what this story says about the limited ability of societal systems to meet their obligations to the individuals who constitute society. The first step towards achieving this is to develop greater social awareness of the effects of disasters, so that inter-related effects are not treated as unrelated problems.

Mensenhandel: het slachtofferperspectief

een verkennende studie naar behoeften en belangen van slachtoffers mensenhandel in Nederland
Conny Rijken, Jan van Dijk, Fanny Klerx‐van Mierlo
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058509918

Compensation. The Victim`s Perspective
Jose Mulder
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058509567

The Protection of Victims and Witnesses at International and Internationalized Criminal Courts – the example of the ECCC
Christine Kunst
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058508225

Victimology and Human Security: New Horizons
Selection of papers presented at the 13th International Symposium on Victimology, 2009, Mito, Japan
Morosawa, Hidemichi, Dussich, John J.P., Kirchhoff, Gerd Ferdinand (eds.)
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058508195

Sturen zonder Schuren
De rollen van cliënt, hulpverlener en overheid in de jeugdhulp
B. Bröcking
ISBN (softcover) : 9789462403109

Aard en omvang agressie en geweld tegen werknemers met een publieke taak
Drs. Marieke van Vugt, Prof. dr. Stefan Bogaerts
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058503114

Victimization in a multidisciplinary key: Recent advances in victimology
Selection of papers presented at the World Society of Victimology’s (WSV) 12th International Symposium on Victimology, titled ‘Enhancing the Mission’, has taken place in Orlando (Florida, USA) in August 2006
F.W. Winkel, P.C. Friday, G.F. Kirchhoff, R.M. Letschert (eds.)
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058504425

De weigeringsgronden bij uitlevering en overlevering 

Een vergelijking en kritische evaluatie in het licht van het beginsel van wederzijdse erkenning
Vincent Glerum
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058509338

Post traumatic anger
Missing link in the wheel of misfortune
W. Winkel
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058503152

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