JST345 Police and Victims (8)


The subject is designed to assist investigators apply the principles of victimology to the people they encounter in the course of investigations, thus increasing the satisfaction of the victim and gaining greater amounts of information. After a preliminary examination of the downfall of some landmark cases, a review of existing theoretical foundations is made, and the subject then takes an applied perspective to the area of victims and their value to an investigator. It focuses on the liaison officer role in serious crimes and also looks at different strategies to professionalise investigations and assist victims in their recovery.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceManly Campus
Session 3
DistanceManly Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST345
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLAustralian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment restrictions

The subject is restricted to each of the following programs: -
Bachelor of Policing
Bachelor of Policing (Investigations)
Bachelor of Public Safety and Security
Diploma of Policing Investigations
Diploma of Investigations

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • - be able to demonstrate an appreciation and an understanding of ethical principles of victim care towards people who have become victims of crime
  • - be able to demonstrate and recognise the unique role that police and investigators play in easing the trauma that confronts victims during a criminal investigation
  • - be able to demonstrate an awareness of how eye-witness information can best be used in an investigation
  • - be able to demonstrate an understanding of the need for, and the use of, a family liaison officer in crime investigations
  • - be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the role of the interviewer in information and evidence collection in an investigation
  • - be able to develop and apply different victim strategies for use in an investigation syllabus


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • - victimology and the role of the investigator
  • - indirect victims of crime
  • - assessing the Family Liaison role
  • - eye-witness information
  • - investigative strategies for victims
  • - obtaining and assessing witness evidence to ensure accuracy and credibility
  • - especially vulnerable victims: elderly, children, physically disabled, learning disabled and culturally different
  • - evidence and testimony


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.