Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention, Volume 1

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Bonnie S. Fisher, Steven P. Lab
SAGE Publications, Feb 2, 2010 - Social Science - 1174 pages
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In many ways, the two fields of victimology and crime prevention have developed along parallel yet separate paths, and the literature on both has been scattered across disciplines as varied as sociology, law and criminology, public health and medicine, political science and public policy, economics, psychology and human services, and others. The Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention brings together in one authoritative resource the dispersed information and knowledge on both victimology and crime prevention. With nearly 375 entries, this two-volume set moves victimology and crime prevention one step further into recognized scholarly fields whose research informs practice and whose practice informs research.

Key Features

  • Provides users with the most authoritative and comprehensive coverage available on victimology and crime prevention
  • Presents victimology and crime prevention as their own separate, justifiable disciplines rather than subfields within more established disciplines
  • Discusses the status of victims within the criminal justice system, as well as topics of deterring and preventing victimization in the first place and responding to victims needs
  • Offers anchor essays written by leading scholars in their respective fields to provide starting points for investigating the more salient victimology and crime prevention topics

Key Themes

  • Business Prevention Actions
  • Civil Justice System
  • Correlates of Victimization
  • Courts: Alternative Remedies
  • Courts: Law and Justice
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crime Prevention Partnerships
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Fear of Crime
  • Individual Protection Actions
  • Interventions and Intervention Programs for Victim and Offender
  • Intrafamilial Offenses
  • Legislation and Statutes
  • Media and Crime Prevention
  • Methodology
  • Offenses, Special Topics
  • Official Crime Data
  • Personal Offenses
  • Property Offenses
  • Psychological, Mental, and Physical Health Issues
  • Residential Community Crime Prevention
  • School and Workplace Offenses
  • School-Based Crime Prevention
  • Services and Treatment for Victims
  • Theory
  • Victimization Scales and Surveys
  • Victimology
  • Youth-Focused Crime Prevention


The victimology crime prevention nexus provides the foundation for a comprehensive and, hopefully, long-lasting approach to addressing the public s risk of being victimized and aids individuals who are targeted by a criminal act. This is a welcome addition to any academic library. The availability in print and electronic formats provides students with convenient, easy access wherever they may be.

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About the author (2010)

Bonnie S. Fisher is a Professor in the Division of Criminal Justice and Research Fellow in the Center for Criminal Justice Research at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Fisher received her Ph.D. (1988) in Political Science from Northwestern University. She is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of sexual, violent and stalking victimization of college women, including repeat victimization, self-protection effectiveness, and fear of crime, and how post-secondary schools’ respond to reports of sexual victimization. She has authored more than 150 publications in national and international peer-reviewed criminology, criminal justice, crime prevention, gerontology, legal, medical, methodological, nursing, urban planning, public administration, psychology, security, and victimology periodicals. She also has edited three volumes that focus on victimization issues: Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention; Campus Crime (with Steven P. Lab); Legal, Social and Political Perspectives, 2nd edition (with John Sloan, III); Violence Against Women and Family Violence; and Developments in Research, Practice, and Policy. She has been the co-editor of the Security Journal since 1998. She has served as the Deputy Editor of Justice Quarterly and since 2008 has been the Associate Editor of the Journal of Research Crime and Delinquency. She has been the Principal Investigator or Co-PI on several U.S. Department of Justice grants examining a range of college student victimization issues and on a grant from the British Home Office to examine college student victimization in the East Midlands, United Kingdom. Currently she is a Co-PI on a National Institute of Health grant examining forensic sexual examinations and the use of digital images and staining techniques to enhance the detection of injuries and the use of digital images in decision making among the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and juries in the criminal justice process.

Steven P. Lab (Ph.D., Criminology, Florida State University, 1982) has been a member of the Criminal Justice faculty at Bowling Green State University since 1987 and is currently Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Program and Chair of the Department of Human Services. Dr. Lab is a nationally recognized expert in the area of crime prevention and is the author of Crime Prevention: Approaches, Practices and Evaluations, Fifth Edition. His research interests also include juvenile delinquency, school crime, and victims of crime. He is the author of over three dozen articles or book chapters and author or editor of 5 books. He has also served as editor of the Journal of Crime and Justice. Dr. Lab is a regular consultant for the National Institute of Justice on research and funding activities in the areas of crime prevention, community policing, school crime, gang behavior and interventions, and police partnerships to address crime. He is currently leading an effort to develop a 5-year strategic plan to direct NIJ funding in the area of crime prevention. Dr. Lab is a Past President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and has served in many other capacities for ACJS, the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Educators, and the Police Section of ACJS.

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