Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2012«

CrimeDime May 2012 Roundup

May 31, 2012 by


You might have celebrated Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You – get it? get it?), Towel Day, or Geek Pride Day. Or maybe you just geeked out on CrimeDime. We hope you did, but in case you missed something, here’s what happened on CrimeDime in May. Victimization was the major theme of […]

Part II: Marissa Alexander Isn’t Really About Stand Your Ground

May 30, 2012 by


Marissa Alexander’s case is not so much about Florida’s stand your ground law as it is about the connections between interrelated facets of her case including gender, domestic violence, and mandatory minimums. In Part I of this series, we explored the role of gender. Today’s post looks at the double standards applied to evaluating violence […]

An Interview with Bonnie Fisher and Bob Jerin About the New Division of Victimology at the American Society of Criminology

May 29, 2012 by


The American Society of Criminology (ASC) was established in 1941. Why has it taken 71 years to establish a Division of Victimology? Probably because it has taken hundreds of years for society and particularly individuals involved in the criminal justice/criminology fields to recognize how important crime victims and services for them are when studying crime.

Part I: Marissa Alexander Isn’t Really About Stand Your Ground

May 28, 2012 by


The comparisons between Marissa Alexander and George Zimmerman and their use of Florida’s stand your ground law were as inevitable as they were powerful. To be sure, the law matters to Marissa Alexander, but the law itself is not the central issue of her case. I think of it, instead, as the stage upon which […]

Bad Things Advocates Say

May 25, 2012 by


“90% of the abuse situations happen with the victim’s tacit permission.” That’s a direct quote. I’m going to summarize the rest of the conversation, which I overheard, by saying that this was an advocate who justified her comment by explaining that she had grown up in an abusive household and that she had been a […]

Book Spine Poetry: Women and Crime

May 24, 2012 by


Is it possible to create book spine poetry with texts on women and crime? Try this one. We used Rethinking Gender, Crime, and Justice edited by Renzetti, Goodstein, and Miller, followed by Violence Against Women: The Bloody Footprints edited by Bart and Moran. These were followed by The Female Offender by Chesney-Lind and Pasko, Belknap’s […]

What is the Truth About Abuse?

May 23, 2012 by


The Mary Kay Foundation conducts an annual nationwide survey about the status of domestic violence services in the United States, titled “The Truth About Abuse Survey.” Key findings include: Demand is up. Funding, services and prevention efforts are down. 8 out of 10 domestic violence shelters nationwide reported an increase in women seeking help. 74% […]