The field of victimology has been growing over the past several decades, but the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime stresses the necessity of continued innovation in this area. There seems to be a significant gap in knowledge when it comes to understanding the wide-ranging and far-reaching effects of violence and crime, both direct and indirect, for those who have been victimized.

While it is vitally important to prosecute and convict criminals for wrongdoing, the growing attention to victims’ health and wellbeing has fueled a need for educational programs focused on victimology to support those working in advocacy and other victim services. Advocates are empowered to guide victims through legal processes, inform them of their rights and support their healing.

The Kent State University online Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a Victimology concentration designed for criminal justice professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree and have a passion for victim rights. Specialized courses such as Restorative Justice and Victim Assistance and Legal Perspectives and Rights in Victimization help prepare students to advocate for victims, collaborate with communities to support victims, create initiatives that protect victims of crime, and, ultimately, to reduce the likelihood of criminal incidents.

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