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NCJ Number: 65087 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: IMPACT EVALUATION OF THE NATIONAL ELDERLY VICTIMIZATION PREVENTION AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Author(s): G F BISHOP; W R KLECKA; R W OLDENDICK; A J TUCHFARBER
Corporate Author: University of Cincinnati
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 276
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221
US Dept of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, DC 20410
Grant Number: H-2696-RG
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE IMPACT OF FOUR DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS DESIGNED TO PREVENT CRIME AGAINST THE ELDERLY AND TO ASSIST VICTIMS IS EVALUATED.
Abstract: PROJECTS' GOALS WERE PROGRAM VISIBILITY, EDUCATION, PREVENTIVE MEASURES, NEIGHBORHOOD STRENGTHENING, AND VICTIM ASSISTANCE. THE PROJECTS WERE CONDUCTED BY A CONSORTIUM OF EIGHT GROUPS AND WERE FUNDED BY THE ADMINISTRATION ON AGING AND THE COMMUNITY SERVICES ADMINISTRATION STARTING IN THE SPRING OF 1977. THE EVALUATED PROGRAMS WERE LOCATED IN NEW YORK CITY, MILWAUKEE, NEW ORLEANS, AND LOS ANGELES. ADDITIONAL DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS WERE CONDUCTED IN CHICAGO AND WASHINGTON, D.C. THE EVALUATION WAS BASED ON TWO TELEPHONE SURVEYS OF THE ELDERLY POPULATION LIVING IN THE TARGET NEIGHBORHOODS AND ONE SURVEY OF ACTUAL VICTIMS WHO HAD BEEN CONTACTED BY THE LOCAL PROGRAMS. THE EVALUATION WAS CONDUCTED FROM THE FALL OF 1977 TO THE FALL OF 1978. RESULTS INDICATED THAT EFFORTS AT PROGRAM VISIBILITY HAD MODERATE SUCCESS. TELEVISION APPEARED TO BE THE BEST MEANS OF DISSEMINATING INFORMATION. THE ELDERLY IN THE TARGET NEIGHBORHOODS INCREASED THEIR USE OF HOME SECURITY MEASURES. NEIGHBORHOOD STRENGTHENING EFFORTS WERE UNSUCCESSFUL, BECAUSE THEY WERE POORLY ORGANIZED AND SLOW TO DEVELOP. VICTIM ASSISTANCE EFFORTS PRODUCED A GENERALLY FAVORABLE IMPRESSION ON THEIR CLIENTS, ALTHOUGH MANY VICTIMS DESIRED FINANCIAL AND MEDICAL AID BEYOND THE SCOPE OF MOST PROGRAMS. THE IMPACT EVALUATION FINDINGS WERE CONSISTENT WITH PROCESS EVALUATION FINDINGS. IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT WELL ORGANIZED LOCAL PROGRAMS WERE ABLE TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON THEIR COMMUNITIES. RESULTS SUGGESTED THAT ELDERLY VICTIMIZATION PREVENTION AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS ARE WORTHWHILE, BUT THAT GREAT CARE MUST BE USED IN CHOOSING ORGANIZATIONS AND STAFF TO RUN THEM. FOOTNOTES, EXTENSIVE TABLES, AND APPENDIXES PRESENTING STUDY INSTRUMENTS AND A STUDY OF CHARACTERISTICS OF PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS ARE INCLUDED. APPROXIMATELY 25 REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. (CFW)
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Crime prevention measures; Crimes against the elderly; Elderly victim services; Elderly victims; Model programs; Program evaluation; Victim program surveys
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