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NCJ Number: 98966 Find in a Library
Title: Kiai - Women in Self Defense
Project Director: L D Pilcher
Date Published: 1983
Sponsoring Agency: Filmakers Library
New York, NY 10016
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Filmakers Library
124 E 40th Street
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This film portrays how an advocate program can assist a victim by providing guidance and emotional support.
Abstract: A retiree is attacked and has her purse stolen subsequent to cashing her pension check. The victim is assigned a victim advocate who explains the program's purpose. The advocate is there to lend assistance, offer guidance, be a friend, give some emotional support, and encourage the victim to go to court. The victim expresses fear and uncertainty at the process; the advocate explains that these are the main causes for cases like this to never get to court. An effort is made to allay the victim's fears and the advocate explains some of the later emotional reactions which arise from doing nothing. During every step of the legal proceedings, the advocate is there to explain what the process is and to continually reassure the victim.
Index Term(s): Films; Victim reactions to crime; Victim services; Witness assistance
Note: 16 mm, 28 minutes in length, color, available in videocassette, 1/2 and 3/4 inch. Rental is available from salesource.
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