Victimology and Children

Victims of crime often experience long-term negative implications including a change in the way they view their surrounding environment and the society at large. In this course, students examine short and long-term effects of childhood victimization, including how likely victims are to become perpetrators. Students gain an understanding of criminal and child welfare investigations, as well as relevant legislation and professional requirements related to reporting and documentation. Child development (ages, stages, capacities) and parental/guardian considerations are explored. Emphasis is placed on appropriate victim support and prevention of recurrence.