NCJFCJ's Victim Series

Media coverage surrounding high-profile cases of campus sexual assault, officer-involved shootings, domestic violence, and other incidents of interpersonal violence in recent months is reinvigorating a national discussion around the experience of victims within our justice system and larger society. Often missing within this discussion, however, is a thorough treatment of what social science has taught us about the ways victimization can impact survivors both physically and psychologically, and how attitudes and bias can influence the manner in which we view and subsequently treat victims. As a leader in improving court practice in juvenile and family law cases, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is invested in ensuring justice for those who come before the nation’s courts – and is committed to an open and honest dialogue about the dynamics of victimization within our justice system. To that end, the NCJFCJ is launching a series of blog posts that will explore what victimology and other lines of social science research (e.g., perception and memory) tell us about the experience of victimization, how we think about victims, and how victims are treated. 

January 8, 2015
Hidden Challenges: The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Victim
By: Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D.

February 11, 2015
Engagement of Victims in Juvenile and Family Courts
By: Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D. and Kelly Ranasinghe, J.D., C.W.L.S.

February 17, 2015
Just World Belief and Victim Blaming
By: Alicia DeVault, B.S. and Martha-Elin Blomquist, Ph.D.

February 26, 2015
Who is Worthy of Victim Status? Understanding Racial Bias towards Victims
By: J. Guillermo Villalobos, MA and Lorie Sicafuse

March 16, 2015
No Perfect Victim
By: Sarah Smith, JD and Carlene Gonzalez, Ph.D.

March 23, 2015
"I Know What I Saw" Fallibility in Victim Eyewitness Memory
By: Logan A. Yelderman, MA and Lorie L. Sicafuse

April 21, 2015
Why Do Victims "Lie"?
By: Amanda Kay, JD and Ryan Gonda, JD

May 21, 2015
System-Induced Trauma
By: Victoria Sweet, JD

June 9, 2015
Trauma-Informed Courts
By: Alicia Summers, Ph.D.

June 24, 2015
By: Shawn C. Marsh, Ph.D.

November 24, 2015
How Can Judicial Leadership Make a Difference For Victims?
By: Judge Darlene Byrne and Katy Gallagher Parker