The study of victimology is a relatively new endeavor. Starting in the 1940s, victimologists began studying how victim behavior could contribute to their victimization. The study of victimology evolved over time, and beginning in the 1940s, the focus of victimology shifted to victims’ rights, how victims were treated in the criminal justice system, and how society responds to and treats victims. In this course, you learned about the victims’ rights movement, the theory and history behind this movement, different types of victimization, and how to prevent victimization.
In a 750 to 1000-word research paper (3-4 pages double spaced), explore a victimology topic of your choice. You may select from the following list of topics:
• Homicide victimization
• School violence
• Workplace violence
• Sexual assault
• Intimate partner violence
If you want to use another topic send me an email with your topic and your argument for approval. Anyone that is completing the extra credit assignment can also send me their topic and argument so you know you are on the right tract before you begin your research.
The goal of this paper should be to come up with an original argument based on your research of the topic. For example, your argument may be that stalking is often associated with dating violence. The research that you review and cite in your paper should support this argument. The objective in writing this final paper is to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the victimology discipline and your familiarity with the victimology literature.
You may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use 3 peer-reviewed articles and cite them using APA format. Rather than reading as one article summary after another, you should try to integrate your findings from each article with each other and organize your paper based on different themes found in the literature that you review and cite.
• Primary sources are first-hand accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company documents, statements, and press releases published by the company in question.
• Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as Violence and Victims, Victims and Offenders, and Journal of Interpersonal Violence. You may use sources like JSTOR, Google Scholar, and Criminal Justice Abstracts to find articles from these journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain. (Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)