Deception and the Process Toward Criminal Victimization

  • James F. KennyEmail author


The process approach utilized throughout this book views criminal victimization as the final event in a series of purposeful, dynamic, and increasingly dangerous interactions. Deception enables the process to progress by disguising criminal advances, delaying effective responses, and minimizing target resistance. Life stressors can ignite the process by causing a person of concern to become tense, anxious, or angry. Workplace pressures, an unhappy home environment, or financial problems can trigger an act of aggression or fuel the process. Those who engage in targeted acts of violence move along an identifiable pathway of progressively aggressive behaviors. The progression may be rapid or slow and will not follow the same course; it differs from person to person (Fig. 3.1).


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  1. 1.Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityTeaneckUSA

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