Victim Researcher Profile

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Robert A. Jerin











Criminal Justice and Victimology


More than 20 years


Robert Jerin is currently a Professor of Criminal Justice and Victimology. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice 1987 from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Jerin has taught a variety of criminal justice and victimology courses over the past 30 years, including the development of courses on Victimology, Domestic Violence, Elderly Abuse and The Victimization of Children. While teaching he was also received training as a crime victim advocate and has volunteered as an advocate for victims of domestic and sexual violence with private domestic violence organizations since 1993 in both North Carolina and Massachusetts. He has for over the last ten years volunteered with a regional domestic violence agency in Essex County, MA as a hotline responder and as a court base crime victim's legal advocate in the Essex County Court System. He currently assists crime victims in obtaining restraining orders. Since 2004, he has been a life member of the National Organization for Victim Assistance, the World Society of Victimology and the American Society of Victimology. He is also a life member of Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and the past chairperson of its Academic Program Review Committee. He previously established the Victimology Section as part of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and is the past chairperson of the Section. He is also a member of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and along with Dr. Bonnie Fisher started the Division of Victimology (DOV) within ASC and is the past co-chair. In 2005, Dr. Jerin was the recipient of the John P. J. Dussich award from the American Society of Victimology for his many and significant contributions to the field of Victimology. In 2011, he was presented with the Gerhard Mueller Innovator Award by the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences in recognition of significant contributions within the criminal justice system as a scholar-practitioner. He has numerous publications with his latest a pending book with Dr. Beverly Dolinsky entitled Understanding Elder Abuse: A Victimological and Psychological perspective which will be available in early 2019. In 2017 he published the 3rd edition of an edited book entitled Current Issues in Victimology with Dr. Laura Moriarty. He co-edited a special edition of the Journal of Criminal Justice with Dr. Bonnie Fisher entitled: The Evolution of Victimology in December of 2014. He also published a book, The Victims of Crime, coauthored with Dr. Laura Moriarty in January 2010, by Pearson Publishing. He has had five books published with Dr. Moriarty focusing on crime victims and victimology. He has published numerous book chapters and scholarly articles some which can be found in the American Journal of Police, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, Visions for Change: Crime and Justice in the 21st Century and Tokiwa International Victimology Institute Journal.


Campus Sexual Assault, Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse, Child Trafficking and Exploitation, Domestic and Family Violence, Elder Abuse/Mistreatment, Fraud and Identity Theft, Vicarious Trauma, Workplace Violence


Child victims, Older victims


Action research, Descriptive studies, Program evaluation, Qualitative studies, Training and/or technical assistance


Descriptive studies, Needs assessment