Constructing a victim profile
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As discussed in Chapter 2, in the study of crime, criminals, and victims, as for any subject, there are two major approaches to research and knowledge building. The first is nomothetic, or the study of the abstract: examining groups and universal laws. The second is idiographic, referring to the study of the concrete: examining individuals and their actual qualities. Idiographic study concentrates on specific cases and the unique traits or functioning of individuals.
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