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The Fourth American Symposium on Victimology.  Marchl 22 - 24, 2006.  Sam Houston State University

"Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything."
Sydney Smith
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The Society
Since its formation in 2003, the American Society of Victimology (ASV) has sponsored symposiums that encourage partnerships between practitioners, academicians and researchers. Regardless of the setting, brave hearts and great minds are required for advancement in victimology and victim services.

Our Host
Sam Houston State University was founded in 1879 as Sam Houston Normal Institute, dedicated to the training of teachers. Today, it is a comprehensive university and a member of the Texas State University System with an enrollment of more than 15,000 students. The College of Criminal Justice, one of the University’s five colleges, is one of the largest criminal justice academic programs in the nation. The College’s innovative degree programs enable it to provide education and training to leaders throughout the state, nation, and world.  The College was established in 1963 by the Texas State Legislature and now ranks among the top programs in the nation offering a doctorate degree in criminal justice and is the first in the state to provide a master of science in forensic science. It also offers the only Bachelor of Arts in Victim Studies degree in the U.S.

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Stephanie Frogge (
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Plenary Presentations

Laura J. Moriarty, Ph.D.
Professor of Criminal Justice and Acting Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University
President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Current Controversies and Developments in Victimology Research
Thursday, March 23

Controversies in Victimology stem from three areas: (1) a misunderstanding of the criminal justice system; (2) a general lack of knowledge regarding the criminal justice system, and/or (3) too narrow a focus or perspective of victimology. This presentation will focus on several controversies in victimology starting with a description of the controversy, providing each side of the issue, and concluding with possible ways to reconcile the debate. While there are many controversies in victimology, this presentation will focus on balancing victims’ and offenders’ rights, victim impact statements, and victim blaming. The presentation will also detail some of the more recent developments in the victimology research focusing on moving research into practice with a focus on educational and crime prevention programs.

Laura J. Moriarty is a Professor of Criminal Justice and Acting Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her earned degrees include the Ph.D., Sam Houston State University, the Masters of Criminal Justice and the Bachelors of Criminal Justice from Louisiana State University. Her research areas include victims of crime, victimology, fear of crime, and violent crime. She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of six books and has published over 45 scholarly articles, book chapters, and non-refereed articles.

Carole E. Jordon, M.S.
Director, University of Kentucky Center for Research on Violence Against Women

Addressing Violence Against Women in the United States: Making Research Come Alive in the Practice Field
Friday, March 24

The past decade has seen growing attention to the empirical study of violence against women, and importantly, the use of research to inform and support the practice field. This plenary will discuss the state of research on intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and related crimes against women and the challenges associated with conducting research in this domain. Conflicts inherent in bringing practical and scientific perspectives together will be discussed, and specific models for collaborations between researchers, advocates, and criminal justice practitioners will be offered. Particular focus will be given throughout the plenary to findings on the mental health effects of victimization, on the experience women have in the criminal justice system, and how these findings can improve the practice of advocates, mental health professionals and criminal justice practitioners.

Carol E. Jordan is the Director of the University of Kentucky Center for Research on Violence Against Women, holds faculty appointments in the Department of Psychology and the College of Social Work, and co-chairs the President’s Women’s Safety Advisory Council at UK. Ms. Jordan has published numerous articles on violence against women and the legal system, and has co-authored two books which address violence against women, the mental health effects of victimization, the experience of women in the court of justice, and practice implications in forensic mental health. She has twenty years of experience in public policy, legislative advocacy, and the development of programs addressing intimate partner violence, rape and stalking, including eight years as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services.

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