2nd Annual Victimology and Victim Support Conference 2019
University of Nairobi, Kenya in Collaboration with the World Society of Victimology (WSV) will hold the second two-day Victimology and Victim Support conference during the University of Nairobi Research week 2019. Hosted by School of Open and Distance Learning, under the theme "From Victim to Survivor: Empowerment for Recovery and Resilience." on October 22-23, 2019.
While contemporary Victimology discourse has focused on harm resulting from criminal activities, victimization resulting from more frequent tragic incidents with a relatively-higher fatality rate, have not received their due share of attention by Victimologists. Incidents such as road/plane/ferry accidents, missing relatives/friends, collapsed buildings, crop failure, job loss, death of a close associate, etc. have adverse effects on individuals and communities. Therefore, there is need for individuals, institutions, researchers and other stakeholders to conceptualize these occurrences and calibrate the lens of evolving Victimological thought in order to create a perspective relevant to African socio-cultural and economic reality.
To initiate Victimology discourse that would further the efforts towards attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), more opportunities are necessary for the engagement between academicians, policy makers and practitioners. This two-day conference will provide a platform to explore further the notion of a Victimology of relevance to contemporary Africa. This event will herald Victimology as an uncharted frontier with untapped potential that could influence formation of culturally-viable and sustainable policy and practice towards mainstreaming victims at all levels as erstwhile-neglected stakeholders in criminal justice reform in Kenya.