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NCJ Number: NCJ 172822     Find in a Library
Title: New Directions From the Field: Victims' Rights and Services for the 21st Century - Faith Community
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Corporate Author: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 8
  Annotation: Faith-based crime victim assistance programs have emerged to address the needs of victims and restore their spiritual and mental health.
Abstract: These programs have grown in number in communities throughout the United States and have expanded the services they provide. Most promising has been the willingness of religious organizations to collaborate with the secular victim assistance community. The faith community has created numerous faith-based victim-offender mediation programs in which meetings between victims and offenders are arranged when victims request them and courts allow offenders to participate. Faith-based victim assistance programs in Ohio, California, Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Washington, and Colorado are described. The issue of confidentiality and reporting crime to law enforcement is discussed in the context of the responsibilities of religious leaders. Recommendations to facilitate the role of the faith community in helping crime victims are offered. 8 endnotes
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Religious programs ; Mediation ; Victim-offender relationships ; Religion ; Victim-offender reconciliation ; Mississippi ; Ohio ; Oklahoma ; Tennessee ; Washington ; California ; Colorado
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Language: English
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