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NCJ Number: 136325 Find in a Library
Title: Police and Civilian Help for Crime Victims: Can It Make a Difference? Executive Summary
Author(s): A J Lurigio; D P Rosenbaum
Corporate Author: Northwestern University
United States of America

Loyola University of Chicago
United States of America

University of Illinois at Chicago Circle
Dept of Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 50
Sponsoring Agency: Loyola University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60626
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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National Institute of Justice/
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Northwestern University
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US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
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Grant Number: 85-IJ-CX-4069
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Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Detroit Police-Victims Project was designed to test the impact of police and civilian interventions on the psychological adjustment, attitudes, and behaviors of crime victims, including their willingness to work with the criminal justice system.
Abstract: The project also examined the adverse emotional consequences of victimization on the so-called "forgotten victims" of residential burglary, personal robbery, and assault. The research used two experimental designs. In the first, police recruits were assigned randomly to a special victim sensitivity training program. In the second, victims were assigned randomly to receive a home visit from trained civilian volunteers who were prepared to offer counseling, support, and referrals for social services. Finally, samples of victims and non-victims were compared on a variety of outcome variables. Results showed that the police training was very successful in changing officers beliefs and intentions, although some effects declined over time and the training had few measurable effects on victim attitudes. In addition, the civilian intervention had several positive effects on victims. Both the police training and the civilian intervention had more favorable effects on older victims. Finally, crime victims reported more negative psychological impacts than did non-victims. Tables and 107 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Criminal Justice System Response to Victims; Victim services
Index Term(s): Michigan; Services effectiveness; Victim attitudes; Victim reactions to the Criminal Justice System
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