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Title: Victim Assistance - Project Model - Final Report
Corporate Author: Northside Community Mental Health Ctr, Inc
United States of America
Project Director: M O Apsey
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 92
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Northside Community Mental Health Ctr, Inc
Tampa, FL 33612
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 79-DF-AX-0079
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The organization and operation, staffing and training, and evaluation design are described for a victim assistance project for the elderly, sponsored by the Northside Community Mental Health Center in Tampa, Fla.
Abstract: The Victim Assistance for Older Adults Program uses Neighborhood Liaison Workers (NLWs), who are themselves elderly and residents of the victim's neighborhood, to provide a host of social and community services to assist the victim in returning to his/her previctimization state. The assistance is provided in the victim's home at no cost to the client. The types of services offered include crime prevention information and education; crisis intervention counseling; assistance in replacing critical items (glasses, hearing aids, etc.); assistance in replacing stolen papers, credit cards, social security checks, etc.; and helping the victim to obtain health services. NLW's also serve as victim advocates to increase the elderly's crime reporting and participation in the criminal justice system. Formal evaluation is presently being conducted with a sample of victims who have received or rejected project services. Preliminary findings, which are generally favorable to the project, are appended. Photographic and graphic illustrations are provided, along with 22 references. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Crisis intervention; Data collections; Elderly victim services; Evaluation measures; Older Adults (65+); Program implementation; Staff development training; Victim/Witness Advocates
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