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Michelle L. Meloy and Susan L. Miller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765102

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765102.001.0001

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(p.3) 1 Introduction
The Victimization of Women

Michelle L. Meloy

Susan L. Miller

Oxford University Press

In recent years much academic literature exists to educate people about crime victims' experiences and the obstacles that limit their choices and abilities to prevent or handle their victimization. Blatant victim blaming has fallen out of vogue. Laws have been enacted to reflect a movement away from victim precipitation or provocation theories. Protocols used by police and prosecutors to respond to crime victims have been revamped, reflecting a change from traditional beliefs about shared victim responsibility to a new awareness of the support a victim needs when navigating the criminal justice system. Yet despite these best efforts, victim blaming and myths about victims persist. This book presents the major debates, controversies, quagmires, unintended consequences, and unanswered questions about victims, victims' rights, and victim-centered policies. Instead of taking a more gender-neutral approach, it focuses on crimes of personal violence committed by (mostly) men against (mostly) women and girls, such as sexual assault and rape, battering, and, to a lesser extent, stalking.

Keywords:   women, crimes, crime victims, victimization, criminal justice, victim blaming, personal violence, sexual assault, rape, battering

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