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victimology

[vik-tuh-mol-uh-jee] /ˌvɪk təˈmɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the study of crime victims and the psychological effects of being a victim.
Related forms
victimologist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for victimology

victimology

/ˌvɪktɪˈmɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study of the psychological effects experienced by the victims of crime
Derived Forms
victimologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for victimology
n.

1958, from French victimologie (1956), from victime; see victim + -logy.

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Encyclopedia Article for victimology

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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