Victimology: A Canadian Perspective
- World Rights
- Page Count: 336 pages
- Dimensions: 9.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
"Wemmers work verily reaches to the core of what is possible in our common law system, when human rights becomes the foundation upon which we address and articulate justice. Each chapter in Victimology: A Canadian Perspective is a precious and provocative piece replete with information that can prove a rich guide for first-time readers and seasoned researchers in the field of victimology."
Margot Van Sluytman, The Sawbonna Project
"[Wemmers] has assembled an accessible, efficient introduction to her topic of expertise and provides, along the way, insight that sparks interest for greater exploration. This publication comes at a time when Canada is looking for responses to urgent questions about victims’ needs in a legal system that may have fallen behind the times. Victimology is certain to be used in many fields."
Jake Babad, Osgoode Hall Law School
Osgoode Hall Law Journal, vol 55
"Wemmers’ Victimology: A Canadian Perspective is essential reading for those interested in victims of crime in all their dynamism – theoretically, politically, and within the disciplines. However, Wemmers takes this further by providing a powerful analysis of structural and institutional reform, through the emerging human rights instruments that place victim rights firmly on the policy agenda. Bringing together a volume of this kind is no small feat, internationally significant, but with obvious relevance to those especially interested in Canada’s justice response."
Tyrone Kirchengast, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney
International Review of Victimology
A most welcome addition to the growing list of books on the fascinating and socially vital discipline of Victimology. Wemmers does an excellent job summarizing the history of the discipline and synthesizing its current state, paying equal attention to the historical, theoretical, and applied sides of victimology, while adopting an admirably neutral stance that allows readers to freely and independently form their own opinions. The more than four dozen pages of references, together with the appendices, glossary, and laws cited in the text, make the book an indispensable information source and an invaluable addition to any library, public or private.
Ezzat A. Fattah, Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University
Wemmers provides an exemplary introduction to the field of victimology that is grounded in history, theory, and law, advocating for a human rights perspective. Required reading for serious victimology students.
Dr. Benjamin Roebuck, Professor and Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Victimology, Algonquin College
Author InformationJo-Anne M. Wemmers is a Full Professor in the School of Criminology at the University of Montreal and an international expert on victimology. She has published over 100 articles, chapters, and books on the subject, is a past secretary-general of the World Society of Victimology, and is the editor of the International Review of Victimology.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
1. Evolution of the Notion of Crime Victim
2. History of Victimology
3. Victimization Surveys
4. The Impact of Victimization
5. Theoretical Victimology
6. Victims’ Needs and Secondary Victimization
7. Victims’ Rights
8. Victim Assistance
9. State Compensation
10. Victim Participation in the Criminal Justice Process
11. Reparative Justice
12. Integrating Victims in Criminal Justice
Appendix 1 UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power
Appendix 2 Canadian Victims’ Bill of Rights
Appendix 3 Victim Compensation Programs across Canada
Appendix 4 Victim Impact Statement
Laws Cited in the Text
Subjects and Courses