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NCJ Number: 74257 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Victim Crisis Centers - The Minnesota Experience (From Perspectives on Crime Victims, P 399-404, 1981, Burt Galaway and Joe Hudson, ed. - See NCJ-74246)
Author(s): S Chesney; C S Schneider
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: C V Mosby Co
St Louis, MO 63141
Sale Source: C V Mosby Co
11836 Westline Industrial Drive
St Louis, MO 63141
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The development, operation, and implementation problems of crime victim crisis centers in Minnesota are described.
Abstract: In 1977, legislation was passed in Minnesota directing the Commissioner of Corrections to establish at least three centers to provide direct crisis intervention, emergency transportation, referral, and other services to victims of crime. The centers were directed to coordinate and encourage the development of crime victim services in other social service agencies, to educate the public as to the programs' availability and the needs of crime victims, and to encourage the development of educational programs to reduce victimization. The programs have been implemented and operated by a private agency on contract with the Minnesota Department of Corrections for the purpose of delivering a variety of service to crime victims in designated areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The centers were characterized by a crisis intervention approach and were planned to be community-based, although few crisis-oriented cases were referred to the centers. Recruiting minority staff was difficult, and program flexibility contributed to an inability to take action quickly. These centers need to coordinate their efforts closely with law enforcement agencies to receive referrals. If such referrals are not forthcoming, program staff must either redefine their functions or undertake more aggressive outreach activities. Advantages and disadvantages also result from the centers' multiple funding sources. The burden of accountability to six different reporting requirements and different budgeting cycles makes coordination among agencies difficult. Nevertheless, the centers have worked, and efforts should be made to replicate them in other cities and in rural areas of the nation. One reference is supplied.
Index Term(s): Crisis intervention; Crisis shelters; Minnesota; Program implementation; Program planning; Victim services
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