4th Annual Forensic Victimology and Victim Support Conference Kenya 2021



4th Annual Forensic Victimology and Victim Support Conference Kenya 2021




22ND– 24TH NOVEMBER 2021




The 4TH Annual Forensic Victimology and Victim Support Conference will begin with a pre-conference Training of Trainers workshop (ToT) to be conducted on 22ND November 2021. The workshop will be spearheaded by members from the World Society of Victimology (WSV) and other victim support professionals both globally and locally.These sessions will provide practical and theoretical knowledge transfer to conference participants for use in various spaces within the society and organizations. The workshop will build skills and equip the participants on emerging issues on forensic psychology and victim assistance from a theoretical and scholarly perspective.


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Theme             :           Emerging Role of Victimology and Victim Assistance in Changing Times

Venue              :           University of Nairobi, Kenya

Date               :             22ND -24TH November 2021

Event               :           4th Annual University of Nairobi Research Week

Host                :            Hosting Units –

  • Department of Educational and Distance Studies, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Institute for Development Research and Training, Ahmadu Bello University, Kaduna State, Nigeria
  • Institute of Gender and Development Studies , Kibabii University, Bungoma County, Kenya


University of Nairobi, Department of Educational and Distance Studies, Kenya, in collaboration with the Institute for Development Research and Training, Ahmadu Bello University, Kaduna State, Nigeria and the Institute of Gender and Development Studies, Kibabii University, Bungoma County, Kenya, will hold a three-day Forensic Victimology and Victim Support conference during the University of Nairobi Research week in November, 2021.

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 and other victim support practitioners. Incidents such as COVID 19 pandemic, human trafficking, victims of war and crime, persistent violence in various spaces, locusts invasion, increased cases of suicide, job losses and others, affect people and communities in different depths. Therefore, there is need for Victimologists, scholars, practitioners, 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), especially; SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities, SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions and SDG 17 Partnership for the Goals. The conference will also provide opportunities necessary for the engagement between academicians, policy makers and practitioners. This Three-day conference will provide a platform to explore further the notion of a Victimology of relevance to contemporary Africa. While Day one will take the form of Training of Trainers Workshop (ToT), Days two and three will have plenary presentations, keynote speeches and research presentations. This conference, coming in the middle of COVID 19 pandemic and with uncertainty in many countries, 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 within various settings and spaces.

This Conference focus is on the theme ‘Emerging Role of Victimology and Victim Assistance in Changing Times’

Conference Objectives

  1. To provide a forum for stakeholders both international and local, to deliberate and share information and ideas on Forensic Victimology and victim support.
  2. To create an experience exchange forum for academicians, policy makers and victim advocacy practitioners to understand the role of victim support in changing times.
  3. To understand victimology as a multi-disciplinary approach where subjects like law, sociology, criminology, psychology, gender and education converge to improve the quality of life for those in society experiencing misfortune.
  4. To create a networking platform for partnership formation, tackle issues dealing with victimology and crime victimization.
  5. To show case good practice of supporting victims and survivors on their journey to recovery and resilience building.
  6. To contextualize Kenya Victim Protection Act 2014 within global victimology discourse.
  7. To create a network of scholars from various universities, institutions and other related organizations that will spearhead the process and utilization of forensic victimology and victim support within their structures.

 CONFERENCE SUB-THEMES (22nd—24thNovember 2021)

Sub themes

  • Theory and Practice in victimization
  • Rights of vulnerable victims and the Criminal Justice System
  • The notion of ‘Victimhood’ and historical Injustices
  • Trauma and stigmatization in psychological theory and practice
  • Victims of online crimes; cybercrime, fraud, money laundering, impersonation, social media
  • Understanding Mental Health and Victimization
  • Victims of Environmental Injustices
  • Victims of Political Violence
  • Victimization of Human Trafficking, Immigrants/Refugees/internal displaced persons
  • Victims of violence; Violence against Women, Violence within Family (Includes: Intimate Partner Violence, Child Abuse, and Old Age
  • Vulnerability and victimization: Victims of COVID 19.victims of Institutional and Organizations structure
  • Role of stakeholders in Victim assistance: Government, NGOs, CBOs, Research groups, opinion leaders etc.
  • Policies and research towards Prevention of Victimization.
  • Emerging issues in Victimology and victimization.

 Call for Papers

The conference also welcome papers in the field of Victimology, criminology, sociology, Psychology, law and other related fields.

We will accept abstracts between 250-400 words.

Full original paper submissions under 12,000 words, will be submitted as per the guidelines which will be provided after acceptance of abstract

Important Dates:

 Call for Abstracts 25th August, 2021

Deadline for submission of Abstracts28th October , 2021

Acceptance notification(as soon as reviewed)ongoing

Deadline for submission of  full papers 12th November  2021

 Conference and workshop registration Opens Ongoing

Abstract Submission Guidelines

We welcome papers applying any recognized or new methodology.

Collaboration among multiple authors, colleagues and other scholars is highly encouraged.

Co-authored papers will be accepted with consent from both authors. It is the responsibility of the Lead Presenter to obtain the consent of fellow authors.

All presentations must adhere to intellectual property rights legislation. University of Nairobi will not be responsible for infringements of intellectual property or plagiarism in any of the conference presentations.

Abstracts for paper presentations must include a description of each of the following:

  • The research focus or problem
  • The conceptual framework informing the research
  • Research methods, including ethics
  • Key insights or findings, and implications.

Conference papers will be presented on power-point

Conference website


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