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NCJ Number: 76792 Find in a Library
Title: Probation and Victim Services (From American Correctional Association - Proceedings, P 187-195, 1981, Barbara Hadley Olsson and Ann Dargis, ed. - See NCJ-76771)
Author(s): J Rowland
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents a rationale for providing services to crime victims and describes a probation-department-operated victim assistance program in Fresno County, Calif.
Abstract: The department begins contact with a victim through an initial interview usually held in the victim's home. During the interview, the probation department staff member assesses the impact of the crime on the victim and identifies victim needs. In about 50 percent of the cases, impacts have been limited and the victim's needs are few. In these cases, the staff member terminates the case after providing basic information about criminal justice system functions and operations. In other cases, the client may receive followup contact about services such as crisis intervention counseling, referrals to community agencies for assistance, court proceedings assistance, and information concerning the State indemnification program. Also available are services to homicide victims' families, services offered by the witness reception desk at the county courthouse, and special services (such as transportation, help in cleaning up after a crime, and child care). Staff impressions gathered during the operation of the program over 8 years indicate that victims want and need assistance. The report notes that victim assistance programs help to prevent crime by influencing citizen behavior and educating the public.
Index Term(s): California; Families of crime victims; Homicide Co-Survivors; Probation; Restitution programs; Victim counseling; Victim services; Witness assistance
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