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  NCJ Number: NCJ 214263     Find in a Library
  Title: Crime Victims' Needs and VOCA-Funded Services: Findings and Recommendations from Two National Studies
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Lisa C. Newmark Ph.D.
  Corporate Author: Institute for Law and Justice
United States of America
  Date Published: 03/2004
  Page Count: 48
  Annotation: This report summarizes findings and recommendations from two major national studies that examined crime victims' needs for services; their use of formal and informal help sources funded in part under the Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA); victims' satisfaction with VOCA-funded services; needs that were and were not addressed by the various help sources; and policy and operational issues for State administrators of VOCA funds and VOCA-funded direct service providers.
  Abstract: The studies found that victims often had a range of service needs, including help with emotional/psychological recovery, practical help with various problems, and information/advocacy with the justice system and other agencies. Only 4 percent of victims' needs were addressed by formal victim service programs. VOCA assistance funds, along with other Federal and State funding streams, are administered by State agencies, which make awards to direct service providers. In 2001, States made just over 5,400 awards with VOCA assistance funds; programs provided a variety of services to over 3.5 million crime victims, most of whom were victims of domestic violence, child abuse, or sexual assault. Every State operates a victim compensation program that receives approximately one-third of its support from Federal VOCA allocations. These funds are most often used to pay medical/dental bills of assault victims. Program operations could be improved by continuing to streamline case processing and expand benefits. Administrative activities could be upgraded through strategic planning, needs assessments, outreach, coordination, monitoring, referral sources, and better communication with service providers and victims. The two studies used telephone surveys with all State VOCA assistance and compensation administrators; site visits to 12 States and 24 communities; focus groups with crime victims; and telephone surveys of approximately 1,800 crime victims who had used VOCA-funded direct service providers or filed a compensation claim. 10 figures, 7 tables, and 17 references
  Main Term(s): Victim services
  Index Term(s): Victim compensation ; Grants or contracts ; Funding sources ; Federal programs ; Victims of Crime Act of 1984 ; Federal legislation ; NIJ final report
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: OJP-2001-BF-524
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
   
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