17th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology 2022. Victimisation in a digital world: responding to and connecting with victims

05.Jun - 09.Jun

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This Symposium will bring together professionals, researchers, policymakers, students, activists, and volunteers from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds. In 2022 this international and interdisciplinary event will focus on the identification, prevention, investigation, prosecution, and socio-legal and psychological responses to victimisation in a digital world. Together with cyber victimisation, classical and contemporary topics in Victimology will also be discussed, thus anyone interested in Victimology, digitalization or human rights issues is welcome to participate in this unique triannual encounter.


Contemporary Perspectives of Victimology

  • Explanations/Theories of victimisation
  • Types of victimisation
  • Victims and the criminal justice processes
  • Restorative justice
  • Transitional justice
  • Abuse of power
  • Victim services
  • Victims of Environmental injustice
  • Victims of transnational crimes

Patterns of Digital Victimisation

  • Violent and sexual forms of victimisation
  • Financial forms of victimisation
  • Digital poly-victimisation
  • Cyber warfare and cyber terrorism: Victimological perspectives

Effects/Impact of Digital victimisation

  • Emotional/psychological impact
  • Trauma of digital victimisation
  • Trauma in victims of digital terrorism
  • Financial and social impact

Research, Theory, and Practice in Digital Age

  • Theoretical perspectives in Victimology
  • Research methodologies in Victimology
  • Technological approaches to victimological research
  • Intervention approaches in Victimology

Criminal Justice and Legal Responses

  • Investigation of digital crime
  • Combating digital crimes and victimisation
  • Digital responses to crime and victimisation
  • Ethical considerations for safeguarding victim rights in a digital world


Importat instructions for submission of proposals. Please read before submission. Download HERE. Submission deadline until March 31st

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS (Panel, poster or workshop)



1. VIDA EXHIBITION. San Telmo Museum. From the 8th of April to the 12th of June, 2022. 

Free entrance. Free guided visits are offered for schools.

2. Other free cultural activities, open to all citizens in the University campus at the Centro Carlos Santamaría (UPV/EHU):

- During the Symposium: "Un secreto a voces: Victimización sexual" photographic exhibition.

- Everyday in the evening an artistic or visual performance followed by a debate with the public: Restorative music on gender violence; Adiorik gabe/Sin adiós/Without Goodbye on victims of terrorism and political violence; Emancipation and restoration for victims of gender violence through flamenco dancing; and a documentary film on non accompanied foreign minors.

3. FIELD VISITS. 7th of June

Following the order of inscriptions, participants will be able to sign for field visits for services for victims, services for restorative justice, police stations, memorials, significant itineraries through the city on the role of women, etcetera.


1. To promote scientific knowledge on all aspects affecting victims.

​2. To design prevention, intervention and reparation programs to help the improvement of the treatment towards victims.

​3. To provide assistance and collaboration to any public institution in charge or interested in policies of protection, support, reparation and justice towards victims.

​4. To organize scientific meetings among professionals of different background, including researchers, practitioners, victims and policy makers.

​5. To train, in collaboration with the university, professionals, volunteers and members of the community in contact with victims.

Activity directed to

  • Researchers, activists, practitioners, victims and policy makers.


  • Gobierno Vasco / Eusko Jaurlaritza
  • Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa / Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia
  • Ayuntamiento de Donostia / San Sebastián
  • Sociedad Mundial de Victimología
  • Sociedad Vasca de Victimología
  • Instituto Vasco de Criminología
  • Workshop
    • Law / Criminology-
  • 05.Jun - 09.Jun
  • Kursaal
  • English
  • Academic Validity: 50 hours
  • Web