The chief of police in Centervale is becoming more
concerned with victims' rights. He worries that law enforcement officers
do not have enough real-world opportunities to review cases of
victimology. As practice, you and your fellow officers have been asked
to evaluate the Nicole Simpson case from the time she first reported
intimate violence by O. J. Simpson to the time of her death.
Assess from a victimology standpoint and under the assumption that O. J. Simpson was the perpetrator of the murder.
Here's What You Need to Do . . .
Using APA-formatted in-text citations and external
sources that are referred to on a corresponding reference page, prepare a
report on the Simpson case, evaluate what resources could have been
used to prevent the murder, and then suggest improvements. Your report
should include the following:
- In the recent decades, we have seen
stalking laws, as well as intimate partner-violence laws, undergo vast
improvements due to more awareness and education for those who make,
enforce, and interpret laws. Make a flowchart that identifies these
critical stages in the laws for stalking and intimate violence.
- Research the laws, policies and
procedures, and operational techniques pertaining to victims' rights and
victim protection. Compare and contrast your research with the
processes found in the Simpson case. What can you recommend to law
enforcement officers to prevent similar results in future cases?
- Analyze and interpret statistical data
using basic research methods. Illustrate any correlations between
stalking, intimate violence, and homicide. How can you compare your
findings with the facts of the Simpson case?
- Apply the victimology or criminology
theory, or theories that best fits this case. Express your reasoning for
your comparison of comparison of the victimology v. criminological
- Research lethality or danger assessments used by law enforcement
agencies and victim advocacy centers. Describe what the assessments are
used for. What facts can you select to show the lethality signs that
were present before Nicole's murder? Create your own lethality or danger
assessment containing at least five questions that you feel would be
the most relevant questions to ask a victim in a dangerous intimate
relationship in order to assist in determining the threat level of the
partner. Describe your reasoning in your concluding remarks.