JST345 Theoretical, Applied and Forensic Victimology (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.


Session 3 (90)
Manly 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

Grading System



One session


Australian 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and explain the historical and theoretical origins and modern developments of the discipline of victimology;
  • be able to interpret key trends, theories, and issues in victimology;
  • be able to identify and apply strategies for supporting victims during criminal investigation in order to minimise the experience of trauma;
  • be able to analyse the social systems and the attitudes of individuals, society, and the criminal justice system towards victims and offenders; and
  • be able to demonstrate the communication literacies and digital skills required of a competent criminal justice practitioner.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST345 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.