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NCJ Number: 211701 Find in a Library
Title: Reaching and Serving Teen Victims: A Practical Handbook
Corporate Author: National Crime Prevention Council
United States of America

National Ctr for Victims of Crime
United States of America
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 42
Sponsoring Agency: National Crime Prevention Council
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
National Ctr for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20036
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Publication Number: ISBN 1-59686-009-X
Sale Source: National Crime Prevention Council
2001 Jefferson Davis Highway
Suite 901
Arlington, VA 22202-4801
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Technical Assistance
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Designed to further the goals of the Youth Outreach for Victim Assistance (YOVA) project, this handbook assists victim service providers in understanding the special needs of adolescent victims and methods for effective outreach, assessment, and intervention.
Abstract: The first two chapters present the rationale for targeting services for teen victims and explore the common ground between victim services and youth development. These chapters identify the distinctive barriers that impede teen crime victims from reporting their victimization and seeking services for needs that stem from their victimization. Also discussed is the common ground between victim services and youth development, in that effective victim services contribute to youth involvement in community services, responsible decisionmaking, and partnerships between youth and adults. The next two chapters address the principles of adolescent development and the unique impact of victimization on adolescents, who are already facing challenges related to their transition from childhood to adulthood. The fifth chapter provides tips on how to assess the nature and extent of teen victimization in one's own community, followed by three chapters that discuss steps--from outreach, to the service environment, to specific interventions--that service providers can take to improve their effectiveness with teen victims. Another chapter provides guidance on legal issues and parental involvement. 5 annotated organizational resources and a listing of resources on adolescent development, the impact of victimization, outreach, community assessment, and working with teens
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Citizen crime reporting; OVC grant-related documents; Psychological victimization effects; Victim services; Victim services training; Youth development
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