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NCJ Number: 222630 Find in a Library
Title: Advancing the Usefulness of Research for Victims of Crime
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:24  Issue:2  Dated:May 2008  Pages:92-102
Author(s): Janet L. Lauritsen; Ekaterina Archakova
Date Published: May 2008
Page Count: 11
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article provides an introduction into the theme and focus of the articles making up this journal.
Abstract: The practical challenges of research that have made it difficult to build a solid empirical foundation on which to base effective policies are examined. These practical challenges include the very large and diverse literatures and disciplinary perspectives and the unique set of methodological difficulties associated with research on victims of crime. Several ways in which these challenges might be overcome are discussed, including multidisciplinary literature reviews, coordinated assessments of methodological approaches and findings, and greater dialogue among those specialized understandings of different forms of victimization. The articles throughout the journal represent one effort to begin to coordinate research and share ideas about how best to respond to various types of criminal victimization. The topics discussed cover victimization across various stages of the life course such as childhood, adolescence, young and later adulthood, and the elderly. The focus of each article differs; some of the articles emphasize how the practice of research can be better linked to policymaking, how hard-to-reach victims might be better served, how risk is correlated across various domains and tie to broader structural conditions, and how legal remedies might better serve victims of crime. Figure, appendix, references
Main Term(s): Elderly victims; Juvenile victims; Sexual assault victims; Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Literature reviews; Research; Research design; Research methods; Victimization
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