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NCJ Number: 221613 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Victims and the Social Services: Social Workers' Viewpoint
Journal: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention  Volume:8  Issue:2  Dated:2007  Pages:138-156
Author(s): Carina Ljungwald; Kerstin Svensson
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 19
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The aim of this article is to analyze how social workers in the social services describe crime victims and their role in supporting these victims.
Abstract: The category ‘crime victim’ has not gained acceptance among the social workers participating in the focus groups for this study. The social workers in this analysis define victims in an ordinary way, rather than as professionals. The social workers position themselves as non-experts through their statements when it comes to a general discussion on support for crime victims. They see themselves as able to put needy persons into contact with helping resources. This article is based on the assumption that it is possible to build knowledge about the social workers’ understanding of crime victims through conversations with them. The analysis is based on focus groups with social workers in the social services; it is established that social workers discriminate between a categorical understanding of crime victims and an assessment of individuals in need. The categorical understanding of crime victims is connected to weakness and innocence, and the discussions are constructed with a focus on women and children. References
Main Term(s): Social workers
Index Term(s): Role perception; Social service agencies; Victims of Crime; Victims of violent crime; Work attitudes
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