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NCJ Number: 222453 Find in a Library
Title: West Virginia STOP Violence Against Women Project Evaluation FY04, Final Report
Author(s): Cynthia Hamilton; Erica Turley
Date Published: December 2008
Page Count: 48
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Dept of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
Washington, DC 20530
West Virginia Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Ctr
Charleston, WV 25301
Grant Number: 04-VAW-014
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
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West Virginia Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis Ctr
Division of Criminal Justice Services
1204 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25301
United States of America
Document: PDF|PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents evaluation findings on the operation and outcomes of West Virginia’s STOP Violence Against Women Project.
Abstract: Most members of the 27 STOP teams and those involved in the 5 statewide initiatives reported that a collaborative response has been provided to female victims of violence in West Virginia, and many felt that the efficiency of services has been improved. Most respondents feel that the awareness and understanding of violence against women and its consequences has increased. Improvements suggested are additional training for all those responding to violence against women, particularly for law enforcement and prosecution personnel. Respondents also indicate that more needs to be done in implementing programs that counter stalking. Case management was the most frequently provided service, constituting an average of 2.80 hours of service per victim. Legal advocacy and personal advocacy were the second most frequently provided service. Visitation services had the highest mean service hours, with an average of 11.67 service hours per victim. The victims served were predominately adult White females. Nearly 70 percent of victims reported being a direct victim of domestic violence or sexual assault (69.5 percent). Emotional abuse (74 percent) was reported most often as the victim’s reason for seeking services. In accordance with the purpose areas of the Federal STOP Program, some of the goals of West Virginia’s STOP Program were to train law enforcement officers and prosecutors to identify and respond to violent crimes against women; support formal and informal statewide, multidisciplinary efforts; and train sexual assault forensic medical personnel examiners in the collection and preservation of evidence, analysis, prevention, and expert testimony related to sexual assault. 20 tables, 7 graphs and appendix
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; Effectiveness of crime prevention programs; Police domestic violence training; Services effectiveness; Victim services; Violence Against Women Act; Violence prevention; West Virginia
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