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[vik-tuh-mol-uh-jee] /ˌvɪk təˈmɒl ə dʒi/
the study of crime victims and the psychological effects of being a victim.
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victimologist, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for victimologist


the study of the psychological effects experienced by the victims of crime
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victimologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for victimologist
1958, from Fr. victimologie (1956), from victime; see victim + -logy.
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Encyclopedia Article for victimologist


branch of criminology that scientifically studies the relationship between an injured party and an offender by examining the causes and the nature of the consequent suffering. Specifically, victimology focuses on whether the perpetrators were complete strangers, mere acquaintances, friends, family members, or even intimates and why a particular person or place was targeted. Criminal victimization may inflict economic costs, physical injuries, and psychological harm.

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