Typologies of Von Hentig's Theory

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Typologies of Von Hentig’s Theory April Pierce Colorado Technical University CJUS280-1401A-03 Victimology Professor Stephen Walker January 13, 2014 Abstract Von Hentig developed seven typologies to illustrate his reasoning of the theory where criminals will take advantage of individuals. The seven typologies are: The Depressed; The Acquisitive; The Wanton; The Lonesome and Heartbroken; The Tormentor; The Blocked, Exempted and Fighting; and The Activating Sufferer. This paper will describe and show examples of how each of the seven typologies would apply to both direct and indirect domestic violence victims. Typologies of Von Hentig’s Theory The Depressed typology is someone who is careless and an easy target due to the individual possibly being easily overwhelmed or surprised by dangers or enemies. For example, an individual can become depressed after witnessing domestic violence within their own home and is afraid that the domestic violence will happen to them personally if they tell someone. I know someone who has been affected directly and indirectly from domestic violence from both parents and his former wife. Due to the domestic violence he has bouts of depression, social anxiety and panic attacks. The Acquisitive typology is someone who often will see students bullying other students to receive popularity. The students being bullied become afraid of the bully and will try and become friends with the bully in order to keep from being bullied anymore. Which in turn the students who have become friends with the bully will now act like a bully themselves just to make sure that they don’t get bullied anymore. The bully may have been an indirect victim of domestic violence in their own home and learned this behavior as a result of their lifestyle. The Wanton typology “is particularly vulnerable to stresses that occur at a given period of time in

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