The 6TH Annual Forensic Victimology and Victim Support Conference will be a two days event. Day one will have Victim experience sharing sessions and site visit. These sessions will provide practical and theoretical knowledge transfer to conference participants for use in various spaces within the society and organizations. Day Two will be research presentations that will help build skills and equip participants on emerging issues on forensic victimology and victim assistance from a theoretical and scholarly perspective.


The Department of Educational and Distance Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Nairobi, Kenya, is Hosting the 6th Annual Forensic Victimology and Victim Support Conference in collaboration with the Institute for Development Research and Training, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria ,Nigeria and the Institute of Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), Kibabii University, Kenya. The University of Nairobi is supporting research practice in the community and within organizations and institutions through the Annual University of Nairobi Research week. For the last six years the University has successfully worked with partners and stakeholders to host the Research Week face to face or virtually.

This is to invite all multidisciplinary researchers, victimologists, criminologists, professionals, academicians, practitioners, and diverse scholars to participate in this blended conference. 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, human trafficking, victims of war and crime, mental health, persistent violence in various spaces, increased cases of suicide, terrorism  ,missing persons and abductions, increased human trafficking, victims of sexual orientation, religious practices and others in the communities will be deliberated at length.

The conference is meant 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. It will also endeavor to provide opportunities necessary for the engagement between academicians, policy makers and practitioners.

Conference Objectives

  1.  To provide a forum for stakeholders both international and local, to deliberate and share information and ideas on innovative practices for victim support services in the society.
  2. To create a forum for an experience and knowledge exchange as well as  networking 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 and collaboration, to tackle issues dealing with victimology and crime victimization.
  5. To show case good practices of supporting victims and survivors on their journey to recovery and resilience building.
  6. To position research and practice in addressing  challenges facing the efforts to reduces victimology tendencies in the society.

This Conference focus is on the Theme:

‘Research and Practice for Enhanced Victim Support Services in Contemporary Society’

Sub themes:

  1. Theory and Practice in victimization
  2. Rights of vulnerable victims and the Criminal Justice System
  3. Trauma and stigmatization in psychological theory and practice, vicarious trauma
  4. Understanding Psychological and Mental Health and Victimization, the harmer and the harmed
  5. Victimization situations: Environmental Injustices, Historical, indigenous communities and Political Violence
  6. Victims  of Human Trafficking, Immigrants/Refugees/internal displaced persons
  7. Social injustices: Victims of violence; Violence against Women, Violence within Family (Includes: Intimate Partner Violence, Child Abuse, and elderly abuse.
  8. Vulnerability and victimization: The Harmed and the harmer
  9. Role of stakeholders in Victimization and Victimological process: Government, NGOs, CBOs, health workers, faith based organizations,  Research groups and opinion leaders
  10. Emerging issues :  cyber-crime, online victimization, fraud, money laundering, mediation, impersonation, social media, hate crimes, Religious concerns and victimization, Sexual orientation-LGBT

Call for Papers

The conference welcomes original researches, case studies, poster presentations, workshops and dialogues papers in the field of Victimology, criminology, sociology, Psychology, law and other related fields.

We will accept abstracts between 250-300 words.

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

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:

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

Conference submission email:

Conference papers will be presented on power-point (20 minutes per paper)


Venue             :           University of Nairobi, Kenya

Host                :           Hosting Units –  

  • Department of Educational and Distance Studies, Faculty of Education ;University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Institute for Development Research and Training, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria ,Nigeria
  • Institute of Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), Kibabii University, Kenya.

 Important Dates:

Call for papers to be outJuly 5, 2023
Abstract submissionAugust 25, 2023
Abstract acceptanceAugust 31, 2023
Abstracts and acceptanceAugust 31, 2023
Full paper submissionSeptember 30, 2023
Registration for conference startsSeptember1, 2023
Close of RegistrationOctober 13, 2023
Conference datesOctober 23rd -24th 2023


UoN Students Ksh.1000 USD. $10.
University of Nairobi StaffKsh. 2,000 USD. $20.
Other participantsKsh. 3,000 USD. $30

For any further information and inquiries contact:

  • Department of Educational and Distance Studies


Tel. +254 72120268/ 0724390595/0722 661299

Kibabii University:The Institute of Gender and Development Studies (IGDS),

Kibabii University, Kenya. (,+254 729 915257

Nigeria: the Institute for Development Research and Training, Ahmadu Bello University

Zaria, Nigeria ( Tel:+234 909250 646