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NCJ Number: 179083 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Handbook on Justice for Victims
Corporate Author: United Nations
International Drug Control Programme
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 132
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
United Nations
Vienna, Austria
United Nations Publications
New York, NY 10017
Sale Source: United Nations Publications
1st Avenue and 46th Street
Concourse Level
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This handbook outlines the basic steps in developing comprehensive assistance services for victims of crime.
Abstract: The handbook has been drafted to recognize that differences arise when its principles are applied in the context of various legal systems, social support structures, and life situations. The first chapter addresses the impact of victimization, including its physical and financial impact, psychological injury and social cost, and secondary victimization from the criminal justice system and society. Issues associated with the development of victim assistance programs are discussed in the second chapter. Guidelines for starting a victim assistance program are provided, along with types of services; crisis response, counseling, and advocacy; victim participation in the justice process; victim involvement in mediation and restorative justice; and victim compensation and restitution. Also discussed in this chapter are public education and sensitization techniques, victim assistance through crime prevention, and care of the victim assistance professional. Other chapters focus on the role and responsibility of front-line professionals and others in serving victims; advocacy, policymaking, and law reform; and working together at the international level. Appended program parameters, suggested resources, key United Nations documents on victims of crime and abuse of power, and Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, and a 105-item bibliography
Main Term(s): Victim program implementation
Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation; International cooperation; Program planning; Psychological victimization effects; Victim services
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