Victim-Offender Relationships

Around seven o’clock on the morning of December 4, 2004, seven year-old Dalton Corbin discovered his mother’s body. Splayed across her bed with a gunshot wound to her skull, Jennifer Corbin had died five hours earlier. Initial reports indicated the possibility of suicide, but the discovery of an online relationship begun by Jennifer caught detectives’ attention. A deeper investigation led them to Jennifer’s husband, Barton Corbin (Van Sant, 2007).

Victim-offender relationships often play a significant role in the commission of violent crimes. In 64.8% of U.S. homicide cases between 1976 and 2005, the victim was killed by a familiar person (Rennison, 2002). Among rape victims, 87.1% of women had preexisting relationships with their attackers (Tjaden & Thoennes, 1998). The smallest percentage of murder and rape victims met their fate in the hands of a stranger.

For this Discussion, select a high-profile murder case that occurred within the past ten years. Examine the relationship between the victim and offender and consider how that relationship may have influenced the murder.


SELECT A HIGH PROFILE CASE THAT OCCURRED WITHIN THE PAST 10 YEARS


“Post by Day 1 A brief description of the murder case you selected. Then explain the relationship between the victim and the offender. Finally, explain how the victim-offender relationship may have influenced the murder.”


One and a half page with at least two reference….


It is important that you cover all the topics identified in the assignment. Covering the topic does not mean mentioning the topic BUT presenting an explanation from the readings.


To get maximum points you need to follow the requirements listed for this assignments 1) look at the page limits 2) review and follow APA rules 3) create SUBHEADINGS to identify the key sections you are presenting and 4) Free from typographical and sentence construction errors.


REMEMBER IN APA FORMAT JOURNAL TITLES AND VOLUME NUMBERS ARE ITALICIZED.


Readings

  • Davis, R. C., Lurigio, A. J., & Herman, S. (Eds.). (2013). Victims of crime 4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    • Chapter 16, “The Reoccurrence of Victimization: Terminology, Extent, Characteristics, Correlates, and Prevention”
  • Card, N. A., & Hodges, E. V. (2010). It takes two to fight in school, too: A social relations model of the psychometric properties and relative variance of dyadic aggression and victimization in middle school. Social Development, 19(3), 447–469.
        
  • Gartner, R., & MacMillan, R. (1995). The effect of victim-offender relationship on reporting crimes of violence against women. Canadian Journal of Criminology, 37(3), 393–429.
        
  • Heller, M.S., Ehrlich, S. M., & Lester, D. (1983). Victim-offender relationships and severity of victim injury. Journal of Social Psychology, 120(2), 229–234.
        
  • Woods, L., & Porter, L. (2008). Examining the relationship between sexual offenders and their victims: Interpersonal differences between stranger and non-stranger sexual offences. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 14(1), 61–75.
        

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