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NCJ Number: 220575 Find in a Library
Title: Perceptions of High-Risk Victims of Domestic Violence to a Coordinated Community Response in Cardiff, Wales
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:13  Issue:11  Dated:November 2007  Pages:1130-1148
Author(s): Amanda L. Robinson; Jasmin Tregida
Date Published: November 2007
Page Count: 19
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study of 102 high-risk victims of domestic violence in Cardiff, Wales, focused on their revictimization 1 year after participation in a Multiagency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC), which provided increased and ongoing communication between agencies and victims, risk assessment, victim advocacy, help in developing and implementing action plans, and guidance in holding perpetrators accountable.
Abstract: Approximately 25 percent of the women had not been revictimized in the year following their participation in MARAC. This is significant, since these victims had lengthy histories of domestic violence with their partners and were identified as being at high risk of revictimization. Regarding the women's perspectives of the MARAC intervention, they were positive about the consistency of information shared across various agencies. The women also valued the involved agencies having a comprehensive approach to their situations. The services they received came from agencies involved in criminal justice, the volunteer sector, housing, and health care. They felt, however, that the services were only relevant once they had decided to commit themselves to changing their circumstances. Revictimization was assessed by collecting police data for 1 year after they were identified as high risk and referred to a MARAC. The sample consisted of women referred to MARAC from October 2004 through January 2005. Only nine of the women were interviewed about their perceptions of their experiences with the MARAC. 1 figure, 7 notes, and 24 references
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Domestic assault prevention; Effectiveness of crime prevention programs; Female victims; Recidivist victims; Treatment effectiveness; Victim attitudes; Victim services; Victims in foreign countries; Wales
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