Applied victimology: The professional practice of victimology

Moshe Bensimon, Dick D.T. Andzenge, D. Lee Gilbertson, Stacie Jergenson, Natti Ronel

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The discipline of victimology has made remarkable progress since its creation in the middle of the last century. Yet the expansion of victimology as a field of social science has experienced a growing gap between the purely academic study and theorization in victimology and the various advocacies related to victims. While research fields such as criminology, psychology and social work, are professions that include clinical/applied criminologist, clinical psychologists, and clinical social worker, the research field of victimology has not provided, as of yet, a parallel profession. This paper explores a vision to revisit the scientific and theoretical component of victimology and, on that basis, establish an applied profession to the study and practice of Victimology. A curriculum for a Masters program in Applied Victimology and other pedagogical approaches is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAn International Perspective on Contemporary Developments in Victimology
Subtitle of host publicationA Festschrift in Honor of Marc Groenhuijsen
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783030416225
ISBN (Print)9783030416218
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

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  • Applied victimology
  • Scientific victimology
  • Theoretical victimology


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