Positivist Victimology

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  • Created on: 06-05-15 14:03
What are the 3 features of positivist victimology?
1)aims to identify the factors that produce patterns in vicimisation 2)focuses on interpersonal crimes of violence 3)Aims to identify victims who have contributed to their own victimisation
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What is 'victim proneness'?
identifying the social and psychological characteristics of victims that make them more vulnerable than non-victims
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What are 3 characteristics of victims that HENTIG identifies?
1) Female 2)Elderly 3)'Mentally subnormal'. The implication is that the victims in some sense 'invite' victimisation by being the person they are
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What is victim precipitation?
Where the victim triggered the events leading to the homicide, e.g. by being the first to use violence
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Give a positive evaluative point about positivist victimology
Shows the importance of victim/offender relationships, and the fact that in many homicides it is chance which party becomes the victim
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Give a negative evaluative point about positivist victimology
It can easily slip into victim blaming, saying the victim asked for it because they meet certain criteria
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