Over 50 Years of Protecting  Your Rights


The World Society of Victimology is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization with Special Category consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and the Council of Europe. 


WSV 2024

The 18th WSV Symposium (01-05 September 2024) – National Forensic Sciences University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat (India)

Host – The National Forensic Sciences University with the status of an Institution of National Importance is the world’s first and only University dedicated to Forensic, behavioural, cybersecurity, digital forensics, and allied Sciences. 

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Strategic Plan


Vision: A world without victimisation

Purpose: To promote Victimology as a scientific endeavour; and, advocate for laws and policy that enhance victims’ rights and improve victim assistance to enable timely, fair and equitable access to justice for all victims and survivors.

Our values: Truth > Respect > Collaboration > Engagement > Courage > Resolve


The International Symposium on Victimology

The premier event of the Society, which is held every three years in a different country, and attended by hundreds of WSV members as well as academics and professionals from a wide variety of related fields. 

International Advocacy and Consulting:

The WSV maintains accredited representatives to the Council of Europe, and to United Nations offices in New York, Geneva, Vienna and at other locations where the UN meets. 

The Victimologist, Newsletter of the Society:

This 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. 

WSV Committees:

In order to help accomplish the mission and goals of the WSV, the Society organizes a number of standing committees, inviting any interested member in good standing to take part.


The World Society of Victimology is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization with Special Category consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and the Council of Europe. Brought together by a mutual concern for victims, its world-wide membership includes: victim assistance practitioners, social scientists, social workers, physicians, lawyers, civil servants, volunteers, university academics of all levels, and students.

Experience You Can Trust

The WSV is a member-driven organization, drawing its members from diverse fields including: science, the social sciences, victim assistance, academica, policy making, governance and other specialized areas of expertise. The members of the Society elect the Executive Committee, which governs the Society and acts on behalf of the membership.

Become a Member

Members’ benefits:

  • Members may attend the General Assembly and vote on WSV matters, and vote on matters on request of the President.


Executive Committee


DR Janice O. Joseph
Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice
Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205-9441
Tele: 609-652-4312
[email protected]

Secretary general

Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai
National Law University Delhi
Sector 14, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110078, India
E-mail : [email protected]

Vice Presidents

Dr. Sanjeev P Sahni
Principal Director of the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS)
Jindal Global University, Sonipat.
Centre for Innovative Leadership and Change
Centre for Victimology and Psychological studies
Centre for Community Mental Health
Member of the Governing Body and Advisor to the Vice Chancellor at the Jindal Global University
[email protected] 
Victimology Sabbatical Professor, Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria)
Victimology Adjunct Faculty, University of Nairobi (Kenya)
[email protected]


Prof. Dr. Ass. jur., Dipl.-Krim. Peter Schaefer
Mediator Professur für Familienrecht und Kinder- und Jugendhilferecht Hochschule Niederrhein/Fachbereich Sozialwesen
Richard-Wagner-Str. 101 D- 41065 Mönchengladbach

Members at Large

Dr. Jaco Barkhuizen
Head of Department and Associate Professor
University of Limpopo C/O R71 Tzaneen Road and University Street Mankweng Township, Polokwane, Limpopo Province University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus Old Admin Block, Ground Floor Sovenga, 0727
Dr. Dawn Beichner-Thomas
Department of Criminal Justice Sciences
Women’s & Gender Studies
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-5250
[email protected]
DR. Reyna Faride Peña Castillo
Victimological Clinical Attention and Research
Psychology Faculty
Autonoma Yucatán University
Antony Pemberton
Professor of Victimology & Director, International Victimology Institute Tilburg University
Kamer M 633, Postbus 90153 5000 LE Tilburg
Tele: +31 13 466 3689
[email protected]
Dr. Beulah Shekhar
Director Prism Research & Development
Tamil Nadu
Chair Professor
New Delhi
Gema Varona
Director of the Basque Institute of Criminology
University of the Basque Country
Carlos Santamaria Center, Plaza Elhuyar 2
20018 Donostia/San Sebastián, Spain
[email protected]

Co-opted Members

Dr. Diab Al-Badayneh
Professor of Sociology
Nissi P. Monsegue
Broken Walls Victim Advocacy
(868) 778-BWVA (2982)
Alain-Guy Sipowo
Lawyer, Assistant Professor School of Criminology of University of Montreal
Dr. Heru Susetyo
Associate Professor
Faculty of Law
Universitas Indonesia,
Jakarta ( Indonesia) 


The Secretary General of the World Society of Victimology

Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai

National Law University Delhi
Sector 14, Dwarka
New Delhi – 110078, INDIA

Email  [email protected]