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NCJ Number: 120839 Find in a Library
Title: Victims and Victims' Rights Activists: Attitudes Toward Criminal Justice Officials and Victim-Related Issues
Journal: Criminal Justice Review  Volume:13  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1988)  Pages:21-27
Author(s): B L Smith
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Grass-roots victims' rights organizations have had substantial success in recent years regarding legislative changes supportive of victim issues.
Abstract: The movement, however, has avoided empirical scrutiny, perhaps due to the diverse nature of local groups. This paper compares data collected from one of these organizations in a Southern State with a sample of non-activist victims. Demographic and attitudinal data reveal significant differences between activist and nonactivist victims. The analyst suggests that, due to such differences, the victims' rights movement may not adequately represent the needs or desires of all victims. Instead, depending upon the demographic composition of local victims groups, the focus of advocated legislative change may vary significantly. 5 tables, 36 references. (Author abstract).
Main Term(s): Victim attitudes; Victims rights
Index Term(s): Victim program surveys; Victim reactions to crime; Victim services
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