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Victimology, Third Edition
Theories and Applications

Author(s): Ann Wolbert Burgess, RN, DNSc, FAAN, Professor of Psychiatric Nursing, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College
  • ISBN-13: 9781284130195
  • Paperback    738 pages      © 2019
Price: $99.95 US List
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From the Authority on Victimology

Meet Ann Burgess

Read about Dr. Burgess's groundbreaking work with the FBI that was the inspiration for the book and hit Netflix show, Mindhunter.

Named 2016 Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing, Ann Wolbert Burgess has dedicated her career to the study of victims, offenders, and the impact of crime on society. Dr. Burgess continues to bring her years of research and real-world experience working with victims, offenders, FBI, and law enforcement from the courtroom to the classroom in this updated third edition of Victimology: Theories and Applications. This authoritative text provides an overview of issues related to a variety of victims types, such as children, the elderly, women, individuals and groups of a specific race or religion, and victims of internet crime. Within the context of each victim type, Dr. Burgess discusses not only the impact of the crime on the victim, but also covers the motivation of the perpetrator, strategies for intervention, laws that define the nature of the crime, and the legal attempts to punish offenders. Whether a student is considering a career in the criminal justice system, health care, first responder services, social work, or academia, this applied text will guide them toward a deeper understanding of the multifaceted world of victimology and prepare them to better serve victims of crime.

Features & Benefits

  • NEW chapters cover social media victims and forensic victimology, including new case studies on Michelle Carter and Riley Fox
  • NEW full-color design with improved photos, figures, and tables enhance the learning experience
  • NEW discussions about both victims and offenders
  • Updated chapter opening cases on Amanda Knox, Andres Behring Breivik, Kobe Bryant, Casey Anthony, Jaycee Dugard, Brandon McInerney, Rihanna and Chris Brown, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Imette St. Guillen’s family, Mickey Rooney, David Russell Williams, and Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak.
  • The latest statistics and case studies help readers understand the dynamics of the victim-offender interaction, crime scene forensics, investigative techniques, court outcome and resources for victim recovery
  • Covers current topics including, human trafficking, bullying, victims of terrorism, victims of cybercrime, property crimes, corporate crimes, workplace violence, racial profiling and disproportionate penalties
  • Instructor resources include Lecture Slides in PowerPoint format and a comprehensive Test Bank.

Applicable Courses

This text is ideal for Victimology courses in Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Sociology programs. It is also appropriate in Forensic Science, Forensic Psychology, and Forensic Nursing courses.

1  Crime and Victimology
2  Measurement of Crime and Victimization
3  Theories of Victimization
4  Victim Rights and Services
5  Justice Systems
6  Child Abuse and Neglect
7  Abduction and Exploitation
8  School Violence
9  Intimate Partner Violence
10  Stalking Victims
11  Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault
12  Elder Abuse Victims
13  Homicide: Victims, Their Families, and the Community
14  Hate Crimes
15  Victims of Social Media
16  Victims of Cybercrime
17  Other Forms of Victimization
18  Forensic Victimology and Investigative Profiling

Ann Wolbert Burgess, RN, DNSc, FAAN-Professor of Psychiatric Nursing, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College

Ann Wolbert Burgess, RN, DNSc, FAAN, is professor of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing. She received her bachelors and doctoral degrees from Boston University and her masters degree from the University of Maryland. She teaches five forensic courses: Victimology, Forensic Mental Health, Forensic Science, Forensic Science Lab, and Wounded Warriors in Transition. She, with Lynda Lytle Holmstrom (Boston College), cofounded one of the first hospital-based crisis intervention programs for rape victims at Boston City Hospital. She is licensed as an advanced practice nurse in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, where she also maintains prescriptive authority. Dr. Burgess has testified as an expert witness in 31 states and has received grants and published articles on the topics of rape trauma, child sexual abuse, child pornography, serial offenders, crime classification, posttraumatic stress, elder abuse, and wounded warriors.


Dr. Burgess served as chair of the first Advisory Council to the National Center for the Prevention and Control of Rape of the National Institute of Mental Health, was a member of the 1984 U.S. Attorney General’s Task Force on Family Violence, served on the planning committee for the 1985 Surgeon General’s Symposium on Violence, and served on the National Institute of Health National Advisory Council for the Center for Nursing Research from 1986 to 1988. She was a member of the 1990 Adolescent Health Advisory Panel to the Congress of the United States Office of Technology Assessment and Chair of the National Institutes of Health AIDS and Related Research Study Section (ARRR 6) from 1992 to 1994. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine in October 1994 and chaired the 1996 National Research Council’s Task Force on Violence Against Women. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau. Her current research is on patterns of murder-suicide and combat-PTSD.

  • "This text is very strong in content and will be replacing other texts in the field of victimology.  I’ve been teaching victimology for many years and have never come across a text of this magnitude. The authors have dished-out, probably one of the best detailed and well-researched text in the field of victimology with instructors and students in mind. They've arranged chapters containing individual objectives, key terms, case studies, introduction, illustrative tables, well researched subject matter, summary, key terms, discussion questions, important resources for additional information, and references. What else do instructors and students want in a text? As a practitioner, academician, professional, and student-centered style professor of justice studies, I congratulate the authors for a well thought-out text. This is the template for new text to come."

    -Dr. Rafael Rojas, Jr.
    Assistant Professor
    Justice Studies Department
    Southern New Hampshire University

  • "The field of victimology has expanded dramatically over the past half-century – and Burgess’s Victimology text, now in its third edition, has more than kept pace.  And that’s a GOOD thing. At 738 pages Victimology is a comprehensive tome that sets a high bar for competing texts. Victimology covers all aspects of the field in satisfyingly great detail. It includes, for example, a chapter on forensic victimology –  which is the process of systematically gathering and examining victim information that might prove useful in addressing investigative and forensic issues. In short, it would be harder to imagine a textbook on this topic that is more complete than Victimology.

    While some criminologists might still claim that victimology is a subfield of criminology, victimology has been recognized as an independent area of study for nearly 30 years. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of victimology, contributions to the field have come from many corners – enriching the field in ways that would not otherwise be possible. Burgess is a psychiatric nurse, with a slew of credentials, and Victimology demonstrates the rich benefits that an interdisciplinary approach can bring to any topic. If you have a special interest in, or are teaching a class in victimology, then Burgess’s Victimology is for you!"

    -Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Professor Emeritus
    The University of North Carolina

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781284130195

Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank

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