Victimology

Victimology

Paper instructions:
For the Final Project, you provide an in-depth analysis of victimization. Select a crime that has been publicized in the media and contains one main victim to use for your Final Project. You apply the concepts studied throughout this course to provide the in-depth analysis of the victimization in the crime.

Final Project Guidelines

Assignment Length: 10–12 pages (not including title page and references)

Your Final Project must include the following elements:

Introduction:
• Describe the type of crime.
• Describe the victim.

Demographics:
• Explain factors related to social class, gender, ethnicity, and race of the victim that might have played a role in the vulnerability of the victim.
• Explain factors related to social class, gender, ethnicity, and race that might have played a role in the type of crime committed against the victim.
• Explain how the victim’s experiences in the criminal justice system might vary based on the social class, gender, ethnicity, and race of the victim.

Victim/Offender Relationship:
• Explain the victim/offender relationship (if any).
• Explain how the relationship between the victim and offender may have influenced the type of crime, the location of the crime, and the type of weapon used.

Effects:
• Explain psychological, social, and emotional effects of victimization on the victim. Indicate which effects are short term and which effects are long term.

Perceptions:
• Explain how the media portrayed the victim.
• Explain if there was any victim blaming by the media.
• Explain possible impact (positive and/or negative) of the media coverage about the victim.
Services:
• Explain services available in the state of the victim that might be beneficial for the victim.
• Explain any services that may not be available to the victim that might be beneficial to the victim.

Secondary Victims:
• Describe any secondary victims of the crime.
• Explain effects on the secondary victims of the crime.

Legal Aspects:
• Describe any laws or policies that resulted from the crime.
• If laws or polices were developed, explain the implications for social change.

Social Change:
• Explain any social change implications of this crime being publicized and/or any laws or policies that resulted from this crime.
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