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Title: Guide to the Role of Crime Victims in Mental Health Courts
Author(s): Hope Glassberg; Elizabeth Dodd
Corporate Author: Council of State Governments Justice Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 64
Sponsoring Agency: Council of State Governments Justice Ctr
New York, NY 10005
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2003-VF-GX-0025
Sale Source: Council of State Governments Justice Ctr
100 Wall Street
20th Floor
New York, NY 10005
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide highlights several positive impacts crime victims’ policies can have on mental health court operations.
Abstract: This guide focuses on two key issues regarding the needs of crime victims in mental health courts: the value of involving victims in the mental health court setting and adopting formal policies and procedures that respond to their needs, and ways to adapt standard victims’ rights upheld in criminal courts around the country for the nontraditional operations of mental health courts. These policies may enable staff to better uphold principles outlined in victims’ rights regulations, increase public confidence in the court as a justice-serving institution, support better responses to interfamilial crime, and enhance services to participants with previous trauma. This guide was created for stakeholders involved in either planning or operating these specialized courts, and highlights the potential role of crime victims in mental health courts; addresses the challenges court teams face in trying to involve victims and the reasons to devote time and energy to overcoming them; and offers concrete steps communities can take to ensure that the interests and needs of crime victims are reflected in court policies and practice. Appendixes and notes
Main Term(s): Mental Health Courts
Index Term(s): Criminal justice system policy; Policy; Research uses in policymaking; Victims of Crime; Victims rights
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