What is a victim?

Those who have suffered harm

  • A social construction
  • Christie identifies the stereotpe of the 'ideal victim
  • We need to study victims as they provide evidence used in the detection of offenders and act as witnesses
  • Part of the square of crime


Miers identifies 3 features of this approach

1. Aims to identify factors that produce patterns in victimisation

2. Focuses on interpersonal crimes of violence

3. Aims to identify victims who have contributed to their own victimisation

Hentig identfies victim proneness, the social and psychologucal characteristics of victims.



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