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Title: Victim Services in Rural Law Enforcement (2011 update)
Author(s): Kristin Littel
Date Published: 2011
Page Count: 73
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
OVC Resource Ctr
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 2002-VF-GX-0113;2002-VF-GX-K003
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report reviews pilot sites’ efforts, activities, approaches, challenges, and successes under a demonstration initiative funded by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) intended to advance the development of models for enhancing or establishing victim assistance efforts in rural law enforcement agencies.
Abstract: Based on the experiences of 17 sites that received OVC funding to establish or improve victim assistance efforts in rural law enforcement, this report reviews the grant project; highlights site activities; identifies core elements and challenges for rural law enforcement-based victim service programs; and presents a design for rural law enforcement agencies interested in initiating victim services. The overview of sites’ activities addresses needs assessment methods and results, as well as program variations, impact, and sustainability. In order to obtain information from crime victims, service providers, and law enforcement officers about gaps in victim services, the sites used various approaches, including written and phone surveys, community forums, and focus group discussions. The sites collected data on various factors, including the scope of local crime, community resources and victims’ use of those resources, victims’ satisfaction with the assistance provided by law enforcement personnel and other service providers, and law enforcement officers’ and service providers’ perceptions of the effectiveness of victim services. The majority of sites sustained their law enforcement-based victim service initiatives beyond the grant period. Some core elements and challenges of the efforts pertained to support at all levels, coordination and collaboration, the creation and functions of an advisory group, dedicated staff, information-gathering, and the development of an implementation plan. The concluding section guides rural law enforcement agencies in establishing in-house victim service initiatives. Appended list of resources and site summaries
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): OVC grant-related documents; Police services for victims; Rural area studies; Rural crime; Rural policing
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