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NCJ Number: 113769 Find in a Library
Title: Victim Assistance Programs Report Increased Workloads
Author(s): B Webster
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 8
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This survey reports on the results of questionnaires completed by 2,500 victim assistance program administrators in 375 counties, as part of the National Assessment Program.
Abstract: Two types of victim assistance programs were surveyed: those administered by criminal justice agencies (police, sheriffs, and prosecutors) and those independently operated multi-service agencies administered by non-government entities providing services to victims of several different types of crimes. Individuals receiving surveys in each county included police chiefs of the largest cities, sheriffs, jail administrators, prosecutors, chief trial court judges, and heads of probation and parole agencies. State officials receiving the survey included wardens, commissioners of corrections, and states attorneys general. The questionnaire sought information in five general areas: staff size, budgets, and services provided; criminal justice system problems; factors contributing to workload increases; recruitment, retention and training needs; and management policies and procedures. Workloads are increasing in part because of increased police arrests in domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault cases. Program respondents cited lack of coordination among criminal justice agencies and staff shortages as their greatest problems. 2 footnotes and 11 charts.
Main Term(s): Victim program surveys
Index Term(s): Victim program evaluation; Victim services; Victimology
Note: Research in Action
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