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  • Victimology in Africa 3/e
  • Peacock R
  • ISBN: 9780627037139
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627037146
  • 423 Pages | Published: 2019

An ancient African worldview translates from the traditional isiZulu umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu as      “I am what I am because of who we are”.


Justice in traditional Africa did not seek to create offences or offenders, but rather to maintain equilibrium in communitarian societies. This stands in stark contrast to the individual-orientated and punitive nature of Western concepts of law and criminal justice (including the administration of International justice), and highlights the need in Africa – with its history of colonisation, abuse of power and conflict – to shift the boundaries of victimology in transitional and post-conflict societies outside the realm of narrow and oppressive Western viewpoints. Victimology in Africa takes a critical emancipatory approach to the study field, one which recognises indigenous African values as a conceptual framework.


Victimology in Africa critically analyses hidden victimisation in society, dehumanising notions of victimhood, victimisation patterns, secondary victimisation by the Western criminal justice system together with the exploitation of international financial institutions and the misappropriation of traditional knowledge on the African continent. Its African approach to victimology – one that celebrates intense humanness and universal interconnectedness – can be considered an emerging area of specialisation in the field. Such an alternative framework refers to the historical, cultural, political and socioeconomic dimensions of victimisation on the colonial–postcolonial continuum and considers macro and micro links between interpersonal victimisation and victimisation in broader society.


Victimology in Africa contains a cutting-edge presentation of contemporary scholarly discourse that is relevant both contextually and globally, seeking to stimulate further empirical enquiry and theory development, and to inform policy and practice.


The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation is honored to endorse the third edition of Victimology in Africa. The literature is a move away from the westernised approach to justice to one that seeks to  focus on the humanness of those affected and using the philosophy of Ubuntu, drawing on traditional/restorative approaches to justice.



Chapter 1    Overview of concepts in victimology

Chapter 2    Theoretical approaches and perspectives in victimology

Chapter 3    Assessing the extent and nature of victimisation

Chapter 4    Laws and policies supporting victims' rights in South Africa

Chapter 5    Victim empowerment

Chapter 6    Challenges of the criminal justice system in addressing the needs of victims and witnesses

Chapter 7    Evaluating victim impact statements: application and challenges

Chapter 8    Restorative justice around the world and in cases of mass victimisation        

Chapter 9    When the dust settles: a case study of the post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sierra Leone



Chapter 10 The nexus between childhood victimisation and high risk behaviour

Chapter 11 African voices for change: women, victimisation and resisting state violence

Chapter 12 Victims of selected crimes of robbery with aggravating circumstances



Chapter 13  Victimisation vulnerability of street children

Chapter 14 Kill or be killed: the plight of child soldiers in Africa

Chapter 15 Human trafficking: an African perspective

Chapter 16 Victims of hate crime

Chapter 17 Military veterans as victims

Chapter 18 Sexual violence in prison



Chapter 19 In the name of what? Victimisation by international financial institutions

Chapter 20 Traditional knowledge misappropriation and victimisation in Africa

Chapter 21 Colonial and apartheid victimisation: towards finding solutions to deal with an atrocious past  

Chapter 22 Recent past and immediate future challenges of victimology in a volatile environment

Chapter 23 Victimology in Africa: some concluding remarks



Review of Victimology in Africa, 3rd edition by M.S. (Marc) Groenhuijsen of The International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT), the most important Victimology centre in the world.

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