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NCJ Number: 128571 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Victimization (from Victims of Crime: Problems, Policies, and Programs, V 25, P 7-22, 1990, Arthur J Lurigio, Wesley G Skogan, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-128570)
Author(s): W G Skogan; A J Lurigio; R C Davis
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After an overview of the history and nature of crime-victim services in the United States, this chapter summarizes 13 papers that provide a state-of-the-art review of many facets of criminal victimization and efforts to ameliorate crime victims' pain and loss.
Abstract: Following a summary of the legislation and programs stemming from the "victims' movement" that emerged in the 1970's, this paper notes the paucity of research on the effects of criminal victimization and victim services programs. Research suggestions are offered. The first paper in the volume describes criminal-victimization patterns in the United States, followed by a paper that examines the antecedents of psychological distress in crime victims. Two other papers discuss the impact of sexual assault on victims and some of the implications of this research for redressing victims' needs and examine the criminal justice system's response to domestic violence. A paper details how police and the courts have responded to victims of child sexual abuse, and another reviews a number of studies which show that the relatives or intimate partners of crime victims may experience an emotional impact from the crime similar to the victims themselves. Other papers cover victim programs in several Canadian cities, victim services in the United States, reforms designed to increase victim participation in criminal justice processing, restitution, trends in victim policy in Europe, and recent innovations in victim policy. 28 references
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Psychological victimization effects; Victim program evaluation; Victim reactions to the Criminal Justice System
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