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May 18, 2017

Lectures on Victimology from Christopher French and Valeriya Olekh (USA)

Lectures on Victimology from Christopher French and Valeriya Olekh (USA)

Keen interest from attendees, numerous questions asked, practical advice given.


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

During the first day out of the two-day cycle of lectures, Christopher and Valeriya told those present what victimology is, what the types and effects of domestic abuse, intimate partner violence, and child abuse are, and above all what red flags in a person's behavior can tell you that this person is potentially dangerous, prone to violence, or even murder.

The lecturers also shared practical tips as to how to help violence and crime victims, what to pay particular attention to in order to prevent violence from happening.

  • Lecture "How to Identify, Address and Prevent Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse" ()

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

Christopher and Valeriya particularly focused on the importance of offering timely support and assistance to those having experienced a physical or psychological trauma, for the consequences thereof can manifest quite delayed in time.

  • Lecture "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" ()

The lectures arose significant interest among the attendees, who asked numerous questions and for advice as to how to handle particular life situations.

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.

The lectures were held in English.


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