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Victimology, Forensic Sciences and Investigation Techniques

Prof. Anna Costanza Baldry; Prof. Giovanna Laura De Fazio; Prof. Giuliano Turone

Module I: Victimology (Prof. Anna Costanza Baldry)


The course will allow students to:

– understand victimology from a theoretical point of view;

– know the social policies in favor of the victims, national and international laws to protect victims;

– understand how alternative systems to justice (repressive and rehabilitative) and restorative justice meet the needs of victims while respecting the rights of the person who committed the crime;

– understand the characteristics of certain types of victims which are of particular concern at both public and private level;

– understand what is a service, a centre for the protection of victims and how it works.


General Section

History of victimology

Evolution of the role of victim in the penal system.

United Nations and European Union provisions for providing victims of crime and abuse of power with help and protection.

National and international legislation on the role of the victim in the penal and criminal procedure system

Main typologies of crime victim

Trauma and the impact of victimisation and how they are treated.

Secondary victimization, how reduce the risk.

Victims support services: effective answers.

Restorative justice. Victim-offender mediation, Family Group Conferences.

Special Topics

Special types of victim.

Victims of terrorism and victims in the line of duty

Victims of sexual violence, abuse and stalking, femicide and evaluation of the risk of recidivism.

Child sexual abuse.

Bullying and cyber-bullying.

Anti-violence centres. The work of institutions and new laws to protect women victims of crime.


L. Daigle, E Victimology: A Text/Reader, Sage, London, 2011.

A.C. Baldry-F.W. Winkel (Eds)‚ Assessing risk of spousal assault. An international approach to reduce domestic violence and prevent recidivism, Nova Science Publisher, US, 2008 (only certain parts indicated by the lecturer).

A.C. Baldry-A. Kapardis, Risk Assessment for Juvenile Violent Offending, Routledge, London, 2012 (only certain parts indicated by the lecturer).

Lecture notes given in class and available on Blackboard.

Students not attending the course will also read the chapter entitled “Victims” in

M. Maguire-R. Morgan- R. Reiner (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, Oxford University Press, March 2007, Fourth edition.

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