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National Library Week

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NCJ Number: NCJ 234212     Find in a Library
Title: Use of Victim Service Agencies by Victims of Serious Violent Crime, 1993-2009
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Lynn Langton
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 08/2011
Page Count: 16
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: Based on data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), this report presents data on the use of victim service agencies by victims of serious violent crime for the years 1993-2009.
Abstract: The NCVS shows that approximately 9 percent of the victims of serious violent crime received direct assistance from a victim services agency from 1993 to 2009. From 2000 to 2009, 14 percent of violent-crime victims who reported the crime to police received direct assistance from a victim service agency; only 4 percent of such victims received such assistance when the crime was not reported to police. Victims who received direct assistance from a victim service agency were more likely to have arrests made in their cases compared with victims who did not receive direct services. They were also more likely than unassisted victims to have contact with a non-law enforcement criminal justice official, such as a judge or prosecutor. Approximately one in five victims of rape or other type of sexual assault received assistance from a victim service agency. Twenty-three percent of the victims of intimate partner violence received assistance from a victim service agency; only 8 percent of other victims of serious violent crime received such assistance. From 2000 to 2009, 15 percent of female victims of serious violent crime received assistance from a victim service agency compared with 6 percent of male victims of such crimes. Twelve percent of victims of serious violent crimes who lived in rural areas received assistance from victim service agencies; this compared with 8 percent of urban-area victims who received such assistance. The NCVS collects information on victims of nonfatal crimes, both reported and unreported to police. Those included in the survey are 12 years old or older and constitute a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. 6 figure and 18 tables
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Violent crimes ; Sexual assault victims ; Domestic assault ; Victimization surveys ; Victim profiles
Sale Source: Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Statistics ; Survey
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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