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NCJ Number: 136110 Find in a Library
Title: Strengthening Relationships With Prosecutors and Judges
Corporate Author: National Ctr for Victims of Crime
United States of America
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 101
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20036
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Victim advocates, who represent victims in the criminal justice system through prosecutor-based victim/witness assistance programs or community-based grassroots organizations, often experience communication breakdowns affecting other players within the system. This book explores some of the reasons why communication breakdowns occur and offers suggestions for improving the lines of communication and services for crime victims.
Abstract: Education seems to be the key to strengthening relationships among players in the criminal justice system, while lack of understanding is the primary cause of communication breakdowns. Each type of victim -- sexual assault victims, child victims, elderly or handicapped victims, victims of hate and racial violence, domestic violence victims, homeless victims, assault victims, and refugees -- all have special needs that must be met by advocacy services. This book discusses the role of the prosecutor, judge, and advocate in terms of resistance and problems, and recommends solutions. Separate sections cover victim impact statements and a proposed victims' rights constitutional amendment. 11 appendixes
Main Term(s): Criminal Justice System Response to Victims; Judges
Index Term(s): Victim services; Victim/Witness Advocates; Victims rights
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