Title

Constructing a victim profile

Date of this Version

2009

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Details

Interim status: Citation only.

Turvey, B. E. (2009). Constructing a victim profile. In B. E. Turvey & W. Petherick (Eds.), Forensic victimology: Examining violent crime victims in investigative and legal contexts (pp. 73-96). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier Science.

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2009 HERDC submission. FoR code: 1602

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ISBN

978-0-12-374089-2

Abstract

Extract:
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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