International victimology: selected papers from the 8th international symposium


This book contains an edited selection of papers presented at the 8th International Symposium on Victimology. The nexus between theoretical and practical victimology and its relationship to criminology is an important theme within the papers. Matters affecting victims, such as victim impact statements and compensation, victimisation in families, gender bias in the legal system, victims of war in Bosnia, and victims of human rights in South Africa are all debated, as are issues related to power, politics and victimisation; victim surveys and methodology; and victim services.

Proceedings of a symposium held 21-26 August 1994, Adelaide


  • Preface
  • About the editors
  • Contributors
  • Introduction: president's opening address
    Chris Sumner, formerly President of the World Society of Victimology; and Member of the National Native Title Tribunal, Australia

Section 1: Power, politics and victimisation

  • Section overview
    Mark Israel, Department of Legal Studies, Flinders University, South Australia
  • Paradigms and paradoxes of victimology
    Robert Elias, Department of Politics, University of San Francisco
  • Decisions not to report sexual assault in Japan
    John Dussich, Yoshiko Fujiwara and Asami Sagisaka, Tokiwa University, Japan
  • Looking back, looking forward: two decades and shifting perspectives on familial violence
    Elizabeth A Stanko, Beunel University, United Kingdom
  • No exit: violence, gender and the streets
    Suzanne E Hatty and Stuart Burke, Southern Cross University; and Nanette J Davis, University of Portland, United States of America
  • Domestic violence: towards a new theoretical approach
    Sushma Sood, Department of Sociology, University of Rajasthan, India
  • Violence against women under china's economic modernisation: resurgence of women trafficking in China
    Xin Ren, Division of Criminal Justice, California State University, United States of America
  • Domestic violence against women in the conditions of war and economic crisis
    Vesna Nikolic-Ristanovic, Institute for Criminological and Sociological Research, Yugoslavia
  • The commercialism of women's fear of crime
    Elizabeth A Stanko, Beunel University, United Kingdom
  • Gay homicides: activism, victims and law and order
    Steve Tomsen, University of Newcastle
  • 'Are you a Boy or a Girl?' (Hetero)sexism and verbal hostility
    Gail Mason, La Trobe University
  • Homophobia, hate and violence against lesbian and gays in NSW: an overview of some studies
    Paul van Reyk, Coordinator, Lesbian and Gay Anti-Violence Project, New South Wales
  • Anger, disappointment, and disgust: reactions of victims of a telephone investment scam
    David Shichor, Jeff Doocy and Gilbert Geis, California State University, United States of America
  • The victims of pyramid sales schemes and remedies in Japan
    Tatsuya Ota, Keio University, Japan

Section 2: Victim surveys and methodology

  • Section overview
    Rick Sarre, University of South Australia
  • Crime and victim surveys
    Jan J M van Dijk, University of Leyden; and Ministry of Justice, The Netherlands
  • The Dutch victim guidelines and their impact on victim satisfaction
    Jo-Anne M Wemmers, Ministry of Justice, The Netherlands
  • The effect of interview method and response rate on victim survey crime rates
    Per Stangeland, University of Malaga, Spain
  • Use of official statistics and crime survey data in determining violence against women
    Julie Gardner, formerly Office of Crime Statistics, South Australia

Section 3: Victims, offenders and the criminal justice system

  • Section overview
    Chris Sumner, formerly President of the World Society of Victimology; and Member of the National Native Title Tribunal, Australia
  • Conflicts of victims' interests and offenders' rights in the criminal justice system: a European perspective
    Marc Groenhuijsen, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • The implications of victim-oriented developments in the criminal justice system for female victims
    Kate Warner, University of Tasmania
  • Stalking: crime of the '90s?
    Matthew Goode, Attorney-General's Department, South Australia
Victim Impact Statements
  • Victim impact statements in South Australia
    Edna Erez, Kent State University, United States of America; Leigh Roeger, Office of Crime Statistics, South Australia; and Michael O'Connell, South Australia Police

Section 4: Serving victims

  • Section overview
    Michael O'Connell, South Australia Police; and Rick Sarre, University of South Australia
Victims' services
  • Group work with victims of crime: mutual aid in practice
    John Oliphant, Social Worker, formerly of Victims of Crime Service, South Australia
  • Preventing re-victimisation: the South Australian experience
    Andrew Paterson, formerly Executive Director, Victims of Crime Service, South Australia
  • Towards a new millennium in victim assistance
    Marlene A Young, Executive Director, National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), United States of America
Criminal Injuries Compensation
  • Criminal injuries compensation for domestic sexual assault: obstructing the oppressed
    Ian Freckelton, Barrister; and President, Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
  • Compensating crime victims within New Zealand's no fault accident compensation scheme: the advantages and disadvantages
    John Miller, Barrister; and Senior Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Professional Service Providers
  • Attitudes to victims: issues for medicine, the law and society
    Alexander McFarlane, Department of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide, South Australia
  • Response of health professions to domestic violence in emergency departments
    Gwenneth Roberts, University of Queensland
  • Blaming the victim: domestic violence and the codependency model
    Greg Dear, Ministry of Justice, Western Australia
Prevention and Restoration
  • Preventing criminal victimisation: the case for an intersectoral response to victimisation: a South Australian perspective
    David Hunt, Commissioner of Police, South Australia Police
  • Preventing peer victimisation in schools
    Ken Rigby, Institute of Social Research, University of South Australia
  • A profile of the murder victim in South Africa as an aid to prevention
    Rika Snyman, University of South Africa
  • Victim-offender reconciliation with adult offenders in Germany
    Ute I Hartmann, Criminological Research Institute of Lower-Saxony, Germany
  • Rapporteur's Reports (summarised)
  • List of unpublished papers presented at Symposium