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  NCJ Number: NCJ 213709  Add to Shoppping Cart  
  Title: Recovering From Your Crime-Related Injuries
  Document URL: HTML 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Project Director: Connie L. Best
  Corporate Author: Medical University of South Carolina
Dept Psych. and Behavioral Sci
Crime Victims Research and Treatment Ctr
United States of America
  Date Published: 04/2006
  Page Count: 0
  Series: OVC Videos
  Annotation: Using dramatization, verbal commentary, and graphics, this video provides information to seriously injured crime victims about the services and benefits available to them, their rights as crime victims, how to cope with feelings created by their victimization, and their involvement in the criminal justice processing of their case.
  Abstract: The video dramatizes the medical care an injured crime victim might require. Advice is offered on how to benefit most from medical services, such as asking questions of health-care providers, keeping appointments, and committing to the treatment plan. Regarding the cost of medical care, victims are informed about crime victim compensation programs that cover uninsured medical costs, mental health counseling, and lost wages. Troublesome feelings and behaviors often related to a serious victimization are also addressed. These may include fear accompanied by problematic physical symptoms, flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety about future threats to safety. Advice on coping with these feelings and experiences includes receiving counseling that helps in identifying the nature and source of problematic feelings and behaviors, the development of constructive coping mechanisms, and the avoidance of the use of drugs and alcohol as a means of avoiding facing and managing stress. Some practical suggestions for how to behave constructively after victimization are to keep busy, go back to work if physically possible, and plan and follow daily activities. The video concludes with dramatizations and information on the importance of becoming involved in and claiming one's rights as a victim within criminal justice processing. These include the victim's right to notification about important decisions and procedures in his/her case and the right to express to the court in oral or written form how the crime has impacted one's life. The various stages of criminal justice processing are described.
  Main Term(s): Victim services
  Index Term(s): Victim compensation ; Victim medical assistance ; Psychological victimization effects ; Victim reactions to crime ; Victim impact statements ; Victim counseling ; Victim Services Notification ; Victim reactions to the Criminal Justice System ; Victims of violence
  Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 1998-VF-GX-0006
  Sale Source: OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Instructional Material
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: DVD, 12 minutes for Spanish version see NCJ-215732.
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