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NCJ Number: NCJ 172827     Find in a Library
Title: New Directions From the Field: Victims' Rights and Services for the 21st Century - Child Victims
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Corporate Author: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 20
  Annotation: Changes in public awareness of the impact of crime on children have been significant since the 1980s, research studies have explored various aspects of child victimization, and new manifestations of child victimization have emerged.
Abstract: Research has focused on such areas as the long-term mental health impact on children who experience and witness violence, motivations of perpetrators who prey on children, family dynamics of intrafamilial child abuse and neglect, and effective responses of professionals to child victims. Overall, greater attention has been paid to all forms of child victimization, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, exploitation, abduction, and psychological or emotional abuse. Research has also revealed new information about the intergenerational cycle of violence. Federal legislation and national programs to address the needs of child victims are addressed, as well as State legislation protecting child victims, innovative programs to respond to child victims, multidisciplinary initiatives, children's advocacy centers, child death review teams, and court-appointed special advocates. Juvenile court handling of child abuse and neglect cases and training needed to meet the needs of missing and exploited children are discussed. Recommendations to enhance services for child victims are offered. 46 endnotes
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Crimes against children ; Juvenile dependency and neglect ; Victim services ; Abused children ; Psychological research ; Sexual assault victims ; Psychological victimization effects ; Child Sexual Abuse ; Juvenile victims ; Child abuse prevention ; Missing children ; Child emotional abuse and neglect ; Victims of violence ; Child death review team
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