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NCJ Number: 70290 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluations of Victims Services - Is Enough Being Done?
Journal: Evaluation and Change  Dated:Special Issue (1980)  Pages:127-130
Author(s): Z T Stelmachers
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 4
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Development of evaluation strategies for victim programs should be based on the knowledge gained from crisis intervention centers which focus on similar problem areas and have more experience.
Abstract: Crime victim services, which have greatly developed during the last few years, need to be evaluated to determine the effectiveness of various forms. Both crisis and victim services handle behavioral emergencies, suicide, and such common psychological reactions as depression and anxiety. To determine the effectiveness of victim services, treatment dimensions should be specified and different treatment groups compared. Treatment procedures can then be systematically varied without withholding services which using control groups would entail. In addition, the treatment goals should be limited to providing immediate safety and short-term emotional support, followed by a referral to other treatment agencies for long-term services. References are included.
Main Term(s): Evaluation
Index Term(s): Evaluation techniques; Victim program evaluation
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