Victimology Unit Outline

I. Victimology (Why did this person become the victim of a violent crime?)
A. About the victim:
1. Lifestyle
2. Employment
3. Personality
4. Friends (type, number)
5. Income (amount, source)
6. Family
7. Alcohol/drug use or abuse
8. Normal dress
9. Handicaps
10. Transportation used
11. Reputations, habits, fears
12. Marital status
13. Dating habits
14. Leisure activities
15. Criminal history
16. Assertiveness
17. Likes and dislikes
18. Significant events prior to the crime
19. Activities prior to the crime
B. Sexual assault: verbal interaction
1. Excessively vulgar or abusive
2. Scripting
3. Apologetic
C. Arson: targeted property
1. Residential
2. Commercial
3. Educational
4. Mobile, vehicle
5. Forest, fields
II. Crime Scene
A. How many?
B. Environment, time, place
C. How many offenders?
D. Organized, disorganized
E. Physical evidence
F. Weapon
G. Body disposition
H. Items left/missing
I. Other (i.e. - witnesses, escape plan, wounded victims, etc.)
III. Staging
A. Natural death
B. Accidental
C. Suicide
D. Criminal activity (i.e. - robbery, rape/homicide)
IV. Forensic Findings
A. Forensic analysis
1. Hair/fibers
2. Blood
3. Semen
4. Saliva
5. Other
B. Autopsy results
1. Cause of death
2. Trauma (type, extent, location on body)
3. Overkill
4. Torture
5. Facial battery (depersonalization)
6. Bite marks
7. Mutilation
8. Sexual assault (when, sequence, to where, insertion, postmortem insertion)
9. Toxicological results
V. Investigative considerations
A. Search warrants
1. Home
2. Work
3. Car
4. Other
B. Locating and interviewing witnesses