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NCJ Number: 251953 Find in a Library
Title: Research Brief: Homicide Co-Victimization
Author(s): Sara Bastomski; Marina Duane
Date Published: July 2018
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2016-XV-GX-K006
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: Issue Overview; Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes facts on the prevalence of persons (“co-victims”) who have lost a family member or friend to homicide, the harms and consequences they experience from the homicide, the nature and availability of services for co-victims, and areas where this domain of victim services needs to improve.
Abstract: This report indicates that approximately 1 in 10 Americans will lose a loved one to homicide during their lifetime. Black and Latino individuals are more likely to be co-victims, and they also face more barriers to support services. Although police and court personnel can assist co-victims, lengthy investigations and trials may cause further (“secondary”) trauma. Few services specifically address the distinctive needs of homicide co-victims, and such services are rarely evaluated; however, a group therapy program has shown promise in improving co-victims’ psychological well-being. “Wrap-around” services are recommended for addressing their needs in navigating the media and criminal justice elements of their cases, along with evaluations to determine their effectiveness. 11 references
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Homicide Co-Survivors; Homicide victims; Needs assessment; OVC grant-related documents; OVC Resources
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