V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Official Site)

On May 15-16, 2017, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University presented lectures on victimology by U. S. Department of Defense Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Christopher French and victim advocate Valeriya Olekh (LA, USA). The initiator of the event was the School of Foreign Languages.

The purpose of the event was to draw public attention to such pressing problems as post-traumatic stress disorder and violence, especially from loved ones and those whom we are used to trust. And, in particular, the event enabled students of the School of Foreign Languages to speak English with native speakers.

During the first lecture, the speakers told what victimology is, what are the types and effects of domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, and child abuse. Besides, the participants learned about warning signs in the behavior that can help identify a potentially dangerous person prone to violence or even murder.

“Victimology is the study of victimization and interactions between victims and offenders, as well as of the cause of crime, which can be not only financial but also emotional, social,” pointed out Valeriya Olekh.

The lecturers also shared practical tips on how to help victims of violence and crime, and on what to pay attention to in order to prevent violence.

During the second lecture, the experts acquainted those present with the concept of post-traumatic stress disorder, its types, symptoms, causes, and ways to overcome it.

In the second lecture, Christopher and Valeriya particularly focused on the importance of support and timely assistance to those who had experienced physical or psychological trauma.

The event was held in English.