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NCJ Number: 228724 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services: Inside the Black Box
Journal: Aggression and Violent Behavior  Volume:14  Issue:5  Dated:September/October 2009  Pages:359-373
Author(s): Rebecca J. Macy; Mary Giattina; Tamara H. Sangster; Natalie Johns Montijo
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: North Carolina Dept of Crime Control and Public Safety
Raleigh, NC 27609
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 180-1-05-4VC-AW-463
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study identified and synthesized current recommended practices in sexual assault and domestic violence services gathered from a broad spectrum of literature.
Abstract: The overall analysis of the literature showed a consensus on core services recommended for domestic violence survivors including 24-hour crisis services with an emphasis on maintaining a telephone hotline, legal advocacy, support groups, individual counseling, and emergency shelter. Similarly, core services recommended for sexual assault survivors included 24-hour crisis services with emphasis on maintaining a telephone hotline, legal and medical advocacy, support groups, and individual counseling. Areas of contention were also found on whether to continuously staff domestic violence shelters, and whether combined agencies could effectively offer both domestic violence and sexual assault services. Based on a review of the findings, implications for domestic violence and sexual assault services and intervention research are discussed. Because the inner workings of the services, the critical service practices, and the crucial components of effective services remain largely unknown, the best practices in sexual assault and domestic violence services cannot be easily replicated and disseminated. This study addresses these critical knowledge gaps by reviewing 43 relevant pieces of domestic violence and sexual assault services literature. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Victim services
Index Term(s): Abused women; Battered husbands; Battered wives; Battered wives treatment; Battered women programs; Domestic assault; Literature reviews; Rape crisis centers; Sexual assault; Sexual assault victims; Victim counseling; Victim medical assistance
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