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NCJ Number: 235307 Find in a Library
Title: Service, Support & Justice: Law Enforcement Response to Crime Victims
Series: OVC Videos
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America

United States of America
Date Published: February 2012
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
OVC Resource Ctr
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Washington, DC 20007
Contract Number: GS23F0094K
Sale Source: OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|HTML (companion strategy)|Video
Agency Summary: 
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video discusses a strategy developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police that guides law enforcement’s response to meeting the needs and interests of crime victims.
Abstract: This 15-minute video was developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to provide a strategy for use by local, State, and tribal law enforcement agencies in meeting the needs and interests of victims of crime. The changing role of crime victims is discussed, with officers from various police departments recounting how departments are now focusing on the enhanced police/victim relationship that enables victims to become part of the team and find justice for themselves and their families. The IACP identified seven critical needs of crime victims which should be part of law enforcement’s response to victims. These needs are: 1) safety; 2) support – offering support and showing respect for the victim; 3) information – keeping victims informed and letting them know that knowledge is power; 4) access – providing victims access to services to make their interactions with law enforcement easier; 5) continuity – ensuring continued provision of support and services from law enforcement; 6) voice – giving victims opportunities to communicate with law enforcement about their case; and 7) justice – doing their job for the sake of justice for the victims. A link for downloading the guide to the IACP strategy, Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Response to Victims, is included at the end of the video.
Main Term(s): Criminal Justice System Response to Victims
Index Term(s): Innocent victims; Police services for victims; Police-victim interaction; Victim assistance directories; Victim services; Victimization; Victims of violent crime; Victims rights
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