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NCJ Number: 98170 Find in a Library
Title: Alienating the Victim - Compensation and Victim Attitudes
Journal: Journal of Social Issues  Volume:40  Issue:1  Dated:(1984)  Pages:103-116
Author(s): R Elias
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 14
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Criminal victimization and postvictimization experiences often affect victim attitudes negatively toward criminal justice and government.
Abstract: Victim-compensation programs seek to improve those attitudes as well as to curb crime and repay victim losses. A few studies have evaluated the effectiveness of compensation plans in achieving their goals, and special attention is given herein to the programs' effects on attitudes. The research, done mostly in Florida, New York, and New Jersey, shows considerable victim disenchantment and even some evidence of greater discontent among applicants to such plans than among nonapplicants. Two primary causes of dissatisfaction are administrative inconvenience and receipt of an inadequate (or no) award. Thus, the effect of compensation plans seems to be more symbolic than tangible. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Psychological victimization effects; Victim compensation; Victimization
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