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NCJ Number: 251382 Find in a Library
Title: Victim Need Report: Service Providers' Perspectives on the Needs of Crime Victims and Service Gaps
Author(s): Amanda L. Vasquez; Jaclyn Houston-Kolnik
Corporate Author: Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
United States of America
Date Published: 2017
Page Count: 43
Sponsoring Agency: Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Chicago, IL 60606
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 15-VA-GX-0049; 16-WF-AX-0026; 12-DJ-BX-0203
Sale Source: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents research findings on crime victim needs and gaps in services for them, as described by providers of such services in Illinois.
Abstract: A total of 235 victim services providers from all regions of the state responded to an online survey, and a subset of 28 providers also participated in focus groups. Administrative data were also analyzed. This report categorizes crime victim needs as fundamental needs, presenting needs, or accompanying needs. “Fundamental” needs include shelter, food, utility services, and assistance with life skills (education, employment, or housing assistance). “Presenting” needs include mental health care and counseling, medical care, longer term housing and relocation assistance, legal assistance, and substance abuse treatment. “Accompanying” needs may include translation services, transportation assistance, child care, and case management. Victim service providers also identified crime-victim service gaps. The findings in this report have important implications for funders of victim services, victim service providers, and other social service providers who have contact with victims. The report offers five recommendations: 1) Continue to provide victim services that address fundamental and presenting victim needs; 2) Address barriers to service use by meeting accompanying victim needs; 3) Develop a comprehensive plan to address gaps in victim services; 4) Coordinate services across providers to meet victim need; 5) Engage victims and the broader community in efforts to meet victim need. 5 figures and 52 references
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Illinois; Long range planning; Needs assessment; OVC grant-related documents; OVC Resources
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