[Role of the victim in the expert assessment of the offender].

  • Jerzy Weber
  • Published 1989 in Das Offentliche Gesundheitswesen

Abstract

Now that criminal biology is considered obsolete and interactionistic criminology has come into being, even the forensic expert is keen on uncovering a possible contribution to the crime by the victim. It is especially in the case of "relationship crimes" that knowledge of the victimogenic aspects is a valuable help towards understanding the psychology of the offender. Three case examples are presented showing how "latent" victims maneouvre themselves unintentionally (unconsciously?) into the role of the "substitute victim" and thus serve as a projection screen for the offender's desires or disappointments that had orginally been directed at another partner.

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