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NCJ Number: 97452 Find in a Library
Title: Structure and Activities of Rape Crisis Centers in the Early 1980s
Journal: Crime and Delinquency  Volume:31  Issue:2  Dated:special issue (April 1985)  Pages:247-268
Author(s): J Gornick; M R Burt; K J Pittman
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using data from a nationally representative sample of 50 rape crisis centers, this article investigates the range of center types, services offered, staffing, involvement in community networks, funding and affiliation with criminal justice, counseling, and human services agencies.
Abstract: The evolution of the rape crisis center from the few prototype centers opened in 1972 to the many different models existing today is traced. The most important finding is that rape crisis centers today do not fall neatly into types. Rather, they have developed to fit their communities, making choices about whom to serve, where to locate a service, how to work with other agencies in the community, how, when, and where to do community education, and how to establish financial security. A decision about one such dimension does not necessarily predict what the decision will be about the other dimensions. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Organization studies; Rape crisis centers; Sexual assault victims; Victim services
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