The Routledge Handbook on Victims’ Issues in Criminal Justice is a comprehensive and authoritative handbook on current issues, with a distinctive emphasis on the delivery of suitable and effective services. The editor provides an introduction and conclusion to the handbook, synthesizing original contributions from current leaders in the field, surveying victims’ rights in the United States, victim participation in the criminal justice system, victims’ welfare and needs, and most notably the services that have been developed in response. A section on special populations in the United States brings focus to current and emerging issues faced within the country, while a section covering international and transnational victimization explores globalization and the implications of other legal traditions and systems.

This handbook addresses the crucial and complex topic of victims’ issues, examining both societal and governmental reactions to victims’ concerns and acquainting readers with the issues that discord may cause, and how they affect the provision of services. This book will serve as an essential reference for academics and practitioners working with crime victims, as well as for students taking courses in victimology, criminology, sociology, and related subjects.

part I|59 pages

Introduction to Victims’ Rights

chapter 1|12 pages

Issues in Victim Services

ByHeather Zaykowski

chapter 2|13 pages

Federal Victims’ Legislation

ByMaren Trochmann, Angela R. Gover, Maria J. Patterson

chapter 3|8 pages

Victims’ Assistance Programs’ Reforms

ByBethany A. Poff, Catherine D. Marcum

chapter 4|10 pages

Victims in Criminological Theory

ByTusty ten Bensel, Dana L. Radatz

chapter 5|14 pages

Victims’ Rights Legislation

Comparative Assessment and Implementation Issues
ByFrancis D. Boateng

part II|81 pages

Victim Issues Regarding Specific Types of Victimization

chapter 6|12 pages

Expanding the Conceptualization of Survivor in Sexual Assaults

ByShelly Clevenger, Jordana N. Navarro

chapter 7|13 pages

Intimate Partner Violence, Neoliberal Ideologies, and Controversies about Victimhood

ByJennifer Katz, Hillary Rich

chapter 8|14 pages

Why Me

Understanding Cybercrime Victimization
ByJordana N. Navarro, Shelly Clevenger

chapter 9|16 pages

Hate Crime Victimization

ByKevin Wong, Kris Christmann

chapter 10|9 pages

Counseling Families of Murdered Victims

A Therapeutic Perspective
ByNana A. Serwaa Adjekum-Boateng, Francis D. Boateng

chapter 11|15 pages

Members of the LGBT Community as Victims of Crime

ByDavid P. Weiss

part III|93 pages

Victim Services

chapter 12|11 pages

Enhancing Service Provider Systems

ByJed Metzger

chapter 13|15 pages

Special Needs of Elderly Victims

ByYoshiko Takahashi

chapter 14|18 pages

Providers’ and Latina Immigrants’ Views of Anti-Domestic Violence Services in the Midwest

ByAngelica S. Reina, Cecilia Menjívar

chapter 15|8 pages

Victim Impact Statements

Understanding and Improving Their Use
ByChadley James

chapter 16|14 pages

Victims’ Needs and Restorative Justice

ByAndrew S. Gladfelter, R. Barry Ruback

chapter 17|10 pages

Helping Sexual Assault Victims

BySuzanne Overstreet, Susan McNeeley, Kathryn Elvey, Whitney Gass

chapter 18|15 pages

Victim Witnesses in Investigative Interviews and Court Processes

ByJacqueline M. Wheatcroft

part IV|38 pages

Victim Service Organizations

chapter 19|14 pages

History of the World Society of Victimology

ByJohn P. J. Dussich

chapter 20|10 pages

Victimology and Victims’ Service Organizations

ByCliff Roberson

chapter 21|12 pages

Victims and the Media

ByAnnette Van de Merwe