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NCJ Number: 114937 Find in a Library
Title: Victim Assistance Network
Corporate Author: Michigan Sheriff's Assoc
Jail/Lockup Resource Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Sponsoring Agency: Michigan Sheriff's Assoc
Lansing, MI 48912
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This packet of materials issued to crime victims by the Michigan Sheriffs' Association (MSA) informs victims of their rights, case processing procedures, and services available to them.
Abstract: The Michigan 1985 Crime Victim's Rights Act is included in the packet, along with a brief guide for the layperson on the processing of a criminal case. A pamphlet provides information on the State's victim compensation procedure. A fact sheet is presented on the Michigan Self-Help Clearinghouse, which promotes the involvement of Michigan residents in self-help, mutual support groups. Guidelines are provided for reducing the adverse effects of case continuances and delays on crime victims and witnesses. A memo to Michigan sheriffs from the MSA Victim Assistance Panel of the Sheriffs' Spouses' Caucus outlines the victims' bill of rights and a statement on behalf of crime victims regarding sheriffs' staff education, community awareness, and community liaison. Stages of a crime victim's reactions are described for rape, domestic assault, child sexual assault, and traumatic death. Victim assistance newsletters are included in the packet, along with a list of victim resources.
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Michigan; Victim-witness programs; Victims rights
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