VVSRL

Victimology and Victim Studies Research Lab

The mission of the Victimology and Victim Studies Research Lab (VVSRL) in the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is to conduct high quality research related to crime victims and crime victimization, inform policy and practice, and help shape prevention and intervention efforts.

The VVSRL (1) Coordinates faculty efforts on research projects, grant proposals, and publications on the topic of victimology; (2) Promotes cross-teaching and cross-learning for faculty members and graduate students interested in victimology; (3) Creates opportunities for undergraduate students in UNO’s Victimology and Victim Studies minor/concentration to engage in research; and (4) Works with system actors to translate research into practice and policy.

Research

The VVSRL conducts research related to crime victims and crime victimization. Our work informs policy and practice and helps shape prevention and intervention efforts.

Teaching and Learning

The VVSRL utilizes a structured mentoring model to develop future generations of victimology scholars. VVSRL student and faculty researchers work across a diverse portfolio to promote cross-teaching and learning.

Service to Practitioners

The VVRSL lends research capacity and expertise to practitioners, local and state working groups, and federal funding agencies. VVSRL faculty also support the annual Nebraska Victims Assistance Academy.

2021 American Society of Criminology Conference

Interested in working with the VVSRL?

Contact VVSRL Co-Lead, Dr. Tara Richards