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NCJ Number: 204565 Find in a Library
Title: Victims of Juvenile Offenders: An Important Component of the Juvenile Justice Equation
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:66  Issue:1  Dated:February 2004  Pages:32-34
Author(s): Anne Seymour
Date Published: February 2004
Page Count: 3
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After reviewing some of the distinctive reactions and needs of victims of juvenile crime, this article outlines the needs of these victims.
Abstract: The shock, vulnerability, and trauma experienced by victims of juveniles may be intensified due to the youth of the offender, and the victim's sense of vulnerability may increase if the victim knows the juvenile. Victims of juveniles have reported feeling embarrassed at being victimized by a child, and they may tend to stereotype juveniles as threatening. Traditionally, victims of juveniles have had limited involvement in the juvenile justice process, due in part to confidentiality protections for juvenile offenders. Victims of juveniles do not have confidence they will receive restitution for harms done, and other victim services have tended to focus on victims of adult offenders. Regardless of the age of the offender, victims of juveniles are harmed by such crimes and should be treated with respect and attention to their needs. They should receive information about the juvenile justice system, the rights of victims, and the services available to help them, including notification of case status and information on victim compensation. The opportunity for a victim-impact statement should be provided. Victims should have a structure for providing input about their satisfaction with how they are being treated, whether or not their rights have been respected, and the quality of victim-assistance services. 2 notes
Main Term(s): Victims of juvenile crime
Index Term(s): Juvenile offenders; Psychological victimization effects; Victim impact statements; Victim services; Victim Services Notification
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