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Victims in Organizational Contexts

1. As a criminal justice professional, what do you feel is most important when studying victims of prison violence, school violence, campus violence, and workplace violence?
2. Should we look at how they are similar or should we address the manner in which each person was victimized?

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1. As a criminal justice professional, what do you feel is most important when studying victims of prison violence, school violence, campus violence, and workplace violence? Should we look at how they are similar or should we address the manner in which each person was victimized?

All seem to be important. Together, they often give a more holistic picture of the phenomenon. However, looking for similar patterns seems most important in organizational groups, because of the powerful role of culture and similar behavior patterns that often emerge.

However, even when the focus of research is on how each person was victimized (see http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/216515.pdf for a lengthy qualitative study on rape in prison, which uses interviewing techniques to collect data), it still leads to developing prison cultural patterns, which look at ways they are similar, but also recognized differences as well. Many criminals have her or his personal stamp or ways of reacting to violence, for example. Thus, individual differences are also important, because it might lead to a greater understanding a specific pattern in one population of inmates, but not another, for example. However, this study found cultural patterns in the ...

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As a criminal justice professional, this solution discusses what is the most important when studying victims of prison violence, school violence, campus violence, and workplace violence. It also examines if one should look at how victims are similar or should a person address the manner in which each person was victimized. Research validated.

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