LLM Victimisation and Victim Policy

Students studying in a group settingModule leader: Dr Katherine Doolin

Module description:

The module explores a number of key issues regarding victimisation and victim policy. While the module will focus upon victimisation, victim policy, and the participation of victims within the criminal justice system in England and Wales, where relevant, reference will be made to comparative examples from other jurisdictions.

Seminar topics:

  • Defining victims of crime
  • Nature, extent and scope of victimisation
  • Fear of crime & Impact of victimisation
  • Victimology
  • Victim policy & the victim movement – national and international developments
  • Victims’ needs & Victims’ rights
  • Vulnerable victims and witnesses
  • Advances in the treatment of victims
  • Victim participation in the criminal justice system
  • Obstacles to meeting victims’ needs and rights
  • Specific examples of victimisation

Methods of assessment

Modules on the LLM programmes will be assessed in one of the following ways. As this website is set up in advance, it is not possible to specify which method of assessment will be implemented for each module.


  • One 6000 word essay


  • One 3-hour written examination

If you'd like to find out how a module will be assessed in the forthcoming academic year please contact the LLM Programmes Administrator at Law-LLM@contacts.bham.ac.uk.



Modules and Courses are constantly updated and under review. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year, for instance because a member of staff is on study leave or too few students opt for it. The University of Birmingham reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.