LASA 1: A Bloody Sunday in Brentwood

| December 24, 2015

Here’s What Happened . . .

The chief of police in Centervale is becoming more concerned with victims’ rights. He worries that law enforcement officers do not have

enough real-world opportunities to review cases of victimology. As practice, you and your fellow officers have been asked to evaluate the

Nicole Simpson case from the time she first reported intimate violence by O. J. Simpson to the time of her death.

Assess from a victimology standpoint and under the assumption that O. J. Simpson was the perpetrator of the murder.

Here’s What You Need to Do . . .

Using APA-formatted in-text citations and external sources that are referred to on a corresponding reference page, prepare a report on the

Simpson case, evaluate what resources could have been used to prevent the murder, and then suggest improvements. Your report should

include the following:

In the recent decades, we have seen stalking laws, as well as intimate partner-violence laws, undergo vast improvements due to more

awareness and education for those who make, enforce, and interpret laws. Make a flowchart that identifies these critical stages in the

laws for stalking and intimate violence.
Research the laws, policies and procedures, and operational techniques pertaining to victims’ rights and victim protection. Compare

and contrast your research with the processes found in the Simpson case. What can you recommend to law enforcement officers to prevent

similar results in future cases?
Analyze and interpret statistical data using basic research methods. Illustrate any correlations between stalking, intimate violence,

and homicide. How can you compare your findings with the facts of the Simpson case?
Apply the victimology or criminology theory, or theories that best fits this case. Express your reasoning for your comparison of

comparison of the victimology v. criminological theory.
Research lethality or danger assessments used by law enforcement agencies and victim advocacy centers. Describe what the assessments

are used for. What facts can you select to show the lethality signs that were present before Nicole’s murder? Create your own lethality or

danger assessment containing at least five questions that you feel would be the most relevant questions to ask a victim in a dangerous

intimate relationship in order to assist in determining the threat level of the partner. Describe your reasoning in your concluding

remarks.
Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Created a flowchart that identifies the critical changes to stalking and intimate-violence laws.
16
Compared and contrasted research laws and techniques with the processes used in the Simpson case.
20
Recommended preventions for future cases.
24
Illustrated the connection between stalking, intimate violence, and homicide.
16
Applied the victimology or criminology theory, or theories that best fits the case.
20
Explained use of lethality or danger assessments by law enforcement.
16
Identified facts that show lethality signs in the Simpson case.
16
Created a lethality or danger assessment for a victim in a dangerous intimate relationship.
28
Writing Components.
44

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