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NCJ Number: 128648 Find in a Library
Title: Evolution of the Victim Witness Services Movement in the United States, in California, and in Orange County, California
Author(s): R C Sylvester
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 193
Sponsoring Agency: August Vollmer University
Orange, CA 92668
Sale Source: August Vollmer University
765 The City Drive
Orange, CA 92668
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This movement to develop services for victims and witnesses in the United States is examined in terms of its historical development nationally, in California, and in Orange County (Calif.).
Abstract: Each of these movements had an identifiable starting point. The national movement began in 1971 with the opening of a center to aid rape victims. A prosecuting attorney's association later became involved, and in 1974 financing became available from the Federal government. The Second National Conference on Victim Services was held in 1971 and presented three models of service providers: probation, police, and prosecutor. In California a small number of service centers had already been providing services, and the number gradually expanded. The centers were initially supported with Federal funds; later, local legislation provided funds. In Orange County, the District Attorney initially provided limited services. In 1978, this effort was replaced by a private, nonprofit program. 74 references, appended background information, and biographies of individuals involved in the movement
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): California; Victims rights; Witness protection
Note: August Vollmer University -- doctoral dissertation
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