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Journal of Criminal Justice Education


Victimology, Teaching Online, Criminal Justice Pedagogy, Criminal Justice Education, Victimization


With the significant increase in online education, particularly in the field of criminal justice, guidance on migrating instruction from a face-to-face format to online is needed. This is especially the case for courses focused on topics with the potential to elicit a strong emotional reaction from students, such as victimology. This article presents a framework for teaching a victimology course that allows for the full discussion of ideas in a manner that is supportive of victims of crime and does not inflict additional harm. It shares tips on what to include on a syllabus, guiding discussion, and responding to student disclosures of victimization. In doing so, this contributes to the emerging pedagogy on teaching about trauma and victimization.

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The work of the authors was supported in part by the University of Massachusetts under grant #2009-VF-GX-K006 ( awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.




This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Criminal Justice Education on October 15, 2014, available online: