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NCJ Number: 167243 Find in a Library
Title: Promising Practices: Community Partnerships Helping Victims
Project Director: Heidi Zecher
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
OVC Resource Ctr
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Grant Number: 97-VF-CX-K028
Sale Source: OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using portrayals of program activities and comments by program participants, this video profiles various programs across the country that provide services to crime victims in general and to various types of crime victims.
Abstract: The victim-witness program in Pima County, Ariz., is a national model for community partnerships that focus on effective crisis intervention for crime victims. Through cooperation among law enforcement, prosecutors' offices, and victim service agencies, victim-service volunteers are provided a context in which to focus on the needs of victims from the first contact with police through the completion of case processing and beyond. Another victim-service program portrayed in the video is children's advocacy centers, which were begun in Huntsville, Ala., in 1985 and have broadened to 300 centers throughout the country. The centers, in cooperation with criminal justice agencies, provide services to child victims that ensure they will not be further abused by the criminal justice system as their cases are processed and that they will receive the counseling they need. A third victim-service program portrayed in the video is the sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) program, which is a joint project of police, nurses, and hospitals. This program is designed to ensure that sexual assault victims are treated professionally and sensitively in the course of medical examinations and the obtaining of medical evidence. Other victim-service programs portrayed in the video focus on elderly crime victims, hearing-impaired victims, victims of drunk drivers, and child victims of abuse in rural areas without child abuse experts.
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse detection; Child victims; Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Elderly victim services; Elderly victims; OVC grant-related documents; Persons with Disabilities; Sexual assault victims; Telecommunications
Note: Color VHS video, 22 mins.
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