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Archived Copies of "The Victimologist": Official newsletter of the World Society of Victimology

This quarterly newsletter has been published since 1982, keeping members informed and involved in Society matters, on news of interest, research within the field, and on victim assistance and victim rights in general. Members are encouraged to submit articles or news for publication by contacting the Editor:

Michael O'Connell
Commissioner for Victims' Rights
South Australia
Phone: +61 +8 82071969
Facsimile: +61 +8 82071736

Archived Letters from the President

June 9, 2009: Message from the President

re: General Membership Voting Ballot and Call for Awards’ Nominations

Dear WSV members in good standing, 

In accordance with our Basic Statutes of Incorporation (paragraph 8), I am taking the opportunity to announce by email, fax, and website the voting of all members in good standing on the establishment of a new award called the “Beniamin Mendelsohn Young Scholars’ Award” as recently recommended by the Executive Committee.   

Additionally, I would like to ask for each member in good standing to consider making one nomination for each of the four awards

You can download the voting ballot and award nomination form in Word or Adobe Acrobat format.

Votes and nomination letters may be returned by email (, fax (+1-559-278-7265), or regular postal mail (2576 East San Ramon Avenue, M/S ST 104, Fresno, California 93740-8093 USA). For votes and letters to be considered, they must be received by June 30th, 2009 at either of the above three destinati


Archived Letters from the Secretary General

June 16, 2009: Notice of Election Results from the General Secretary

On June 16 2009, Emilie Raymond, Madeline Lamboley and Jo-Anne Wemmers met at the 3150 Jean-Brillant, Université de Montréal, Pavillon Lionel Groulx, Bureau C-4124, Montreal, H3T 1N8, Canada to scrutineer the counting of the votes.

The following persons were elected to the EC from 2009 to 2015:

1. John Dussich
2. Gerd Kirchhoff
3. Michael O’Connell
4. Robert Peacock
5. Maria de la Luz Lima
6. Sam Garkawe
The following person was elected to the EC from 2009 to 2012.
7. Annette Pearson

You can download the formal notice of election results


June 9, 2009: Message from the General Secretary

Dear Fellow WSV Members,

On Thursday August 27 2009 a Membership Meeting will take place at the upcoming symposium in Mito, Japan. The meeting will begin at 16:30 and will be held in the Auditorium in the  H-Building. All WSV members are welcome to join us at this meeting. At that time the newly elected Executive Committee will be presented to the members. If there are any items that you would like to see on the agenda for that meeting, you are invited to contact me.

See you in Mito,

Jo-Anne Wemmers, Ph.D.
Professeure, École de criminologie
Responsable du Groupe victimologie et justice réparatrice,
Centre international de criminologie comparée
Université de Montréal
Secretary General of the World Society of Victimology


Archived Letters from the Committee Chairs