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NCJ Number: 231171 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: First Response to Victims of Crime: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement Officers
Series: OVC Training Guidebooks
Author(s): Timothy O. Woods, J.D., M.A., LL.M.
Corporate Author: National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
United States of America
Date Published: July 2010
Page Count: 98
Sponsoring Agency: National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
Alexandria, VA 22314-3490
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
OVC Resource Ctr
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 2005-VF-GX-4001
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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United States of America

OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Guideline
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Although not intended to be a training manual or to offer guidance on responding to victims in every possible situation, this guidebook offers important information for law enforcement officers on how to respond to the needs of a wide range of victims.
Abstract: The first section presents basic guidelines on officers’ first response to victims’ three major needs: to feel safe, to express their emotions, and to know “what comes next.” Guidelines are listed for the specific attitudes and behaviors officers should display in meeting each of these three major victim needs. The guidebook’s second section focuses on officers’ first response to specific types of crime victims. This includes victims distinguished by age (older victims and child victims), those distinguished by a disability (Alzheimer’s disease, mental illness, mental retardation, blindness or vision impairment, deafness or difficulty in hearing, and those with limited physical mobility), and victims who are immigrants. The guidebook’s third section lists appropriate officer behaviors and attitudes toward individuals victimized by each of the following types of offenses: sexual assault, domestic violence, drunk-driving crashes, survivors of homicide victims, human trafficking, and mass-casualty crimes. A directory of national victim service providers is included. 50 notes
Main Term(s): Police services for victims
Index Term(s): Child victims; Domestic assault; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Elderly victim services; Elderly victims; Homicide Co-Survivors; Mass Violence; OVC grant-related documents; Persons with cognitive disabilities; Persons with Disabilities; Police-victim interaction; Sexual assault victims; Trafficking in Persons
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