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NCJ Number: 211106 Find in a Library
Title: Rural Victim Assistance: A Victim/Witness Handbook for Rural Prosecutors
Corporate Author: American Prosecutors Research Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: American Prosecutors Research Institute
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
OVC Resource Ctr
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Sale Source: OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Handbook
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide was developed to assist prosecutors, victim advocates, and policymakers understand the nature of victim/witness assistance in rural communities.
Abstract: An overview of the main challenges of victim-witness assistance in rural communities is presented, as are tips and strategies for overcoming them. Main challenges include geographic isolation, lack of community resources, and lack of internal resources. Strategies for overcoming these challenges include building cooperative relationships to help with transportation and purchasing discount gas cards for victims traveling long distances. Other strategies are to build community resources by involving the faith community and to build internal resources by utilizing volunteers and interns. The importance of advocacy training, education, and professionalism are discussed, as are the common characteristics and needs of specific populations, such as migrant workers, male victims of sexual assault, and minority women. Promising practices in rural prosecutors’ offices for meeting the needs of crime victims are presented, such as the volunteer victim advocate program in Arizona and the collegiate advocates program in Michigan, both of which have overcome a lack of resources by utilizing volunteer or college student efforts. The report points out that community partnerships are the key to successfully meeting the needs of victims and witnesses in rural communities. Also included in the report is a discussion of the disparities between rural and urban jurisdictions and a description of a week in the life of the rural victim advocate. Figures, references, appendixes
Main Term(s): Victim/Witness Advocates
Index Term(s): Rural urban comparisons; Rural victims
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