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NCJ Number: 75713 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating Victim Assistance Programs - A Historical Understanding of the Information We Wish We Had (From Special National Workshop - Criminal Justice Program Evaluation - Selected Workshop Papers - Criminal Justice Research Utilization Program, P 1-6, 1981, Elizabeth Scullin, ed. - See NCJ-75712)
Author(s): R Denton
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 6
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The evolution of victim assistance programs is outlined, and areas of evaluation research that need to be developed in regard to these programs are identified and discussed.
Abstract: In the victim assistance movement's development from a grassroots stage through the early phases of institutionalization, important outcome data have been neglected. The issues of survival and nature of the movement's purpose have had a determining effect upon what has been researched. The implications of public, and particularly LEAA, monies has further directed the nature of the questions that have been asked. In the future, attention to the following areas would aid in the evaluation of victim assistance program: (1) more detailed identification of victim responses to violence, (2) measurement of the effect of services on various victim types, (3) assessment of the quality of brokered services, (4) assessment of crisis intervention services, and (5) assessment of administration activities. The victim service movement faces some serious difficulties in the next several years that will determine whether and in what form it will survive. The obtaining of operating money will be its greatest problem. This may determine what little will be done to answer many important questions about what it has accomplished. Ironically, such information is necessary to provide reasons for its continuing. One chart is included.
Index Term(s): Evaluative research; Victim program evaluation; Victim services
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