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NCJ Number: 70289 Find in a Library
Title: The Pima County Victim/Witness Program - Analyzing Its Success
Journal: Evaluation annd Change  Dated:Special Issue (1980)  Pages:120-126
Author(s): D C Bolin
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 7
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Begun as a grant project to help reduce crime, the Pima County Victim/Witness program in Tucson, Ariz., has gained support because of its willingness to respond to a variety of client and community needs through innovative service delivery approaches.
Abstract: In 1978, the program concentrated on helping the police handle the emotional needs of crime victims, settle domestic and neighborhood disputes with follow-up visits and referrals to other social services agencies when necessary), on helping witnesses understand court procedures and on providing transportation to the court. In addition, the program took over such time consuming police functions as death notification reports and aid to persons in need of assistance, such as suicidal or disoriented persons, or abandoned children. Since the program saved the police and the courts time and money (e.g., it cost $40 to $60 per hour to keep a patrol officer in the field, as compared with $21 per hour to field a victim/witness team), and proved to be an important service. It won community support and made the transition from Federal to local funding and a new and vigorous aproach to services integration. A description of evaluation problems is included.
Index Term(s): Arizona; Witness assistance
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