Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Multiple Victims and Super Targets

  • Ken Pease
  • Graham Farrell
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_129



The plight of multiple victims of crime is identified, with the observation that their needs are often ill-served by police and other agencies. Reasons for this are identified. These include the often inadequate information provided to officers attending the homes of such victims, together with their failure to recognize the cumulative effects on victims of crimes which taken individually may not be of great seriousness. The typical failure of victimization surveys to reflect the extent of chronic victimization is bewailed and remedies suggested.


Let us start with an appeal to your personal experience. Please bring to mind a fellow pupil at school, a fellow student at college, a colleague at work, or someone in your neighborhood who is or was subjected to repeated verbal or physical attack, practical jokes, or theft or damage to their property. Everyone whom the first author has approached with this modest...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jill Dando InstituteUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Loughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  3. 3.Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies and School of CriminologySimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada