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NCJ Number: NCJ 204552     Find in a Library
Title: Substance Abuse and Victimization Video and Guidebook
  Document URL: HTML 
Author(s): Melissa Hook ; Morna Murray ; Anne Seymour
  Project Director: Greg Luft
Corporate Author: Colorado State University
United States of America

Victim's Assistance Legal Organization (VALOR)
United States of America
Date Published: 08/2005
Page Count: 26
  Annotation: This video discusses the relationship between substance abuse and victimization and explores the types of assistance available to victims with substance abuse problems.
Abstract: Experiences of criminal victimization can often be traumatic for individuals, who may eventually turn to substance abuse in the absence of other supports such as counseling. Post-victimization factors that may cause crime victims to turn to substance abuse are explored and include posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and stress caused by navigating the criminal justice system. Symptoms of PTSD are reviewed, as well as the factors that may affect the health and social relationships of those suffering from PTSD, which includes problems with interpersonal relationships and problems in the work force. Techniques for assisting victims with substance abuse problems are presented and are aimed primarily at victim service providers. Behaviors that could signal victims are suffering from substance abuse problems are reviewed and the importance of working collaborations with substance abuse treatment services in the community is underscored. Substance abuse may also predispose individuals to criminal victimization; statistics are presented that show that many victims of violence are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of the offense, as are many offenders. The factors correlated with substance abuse and increased risk of criminal victimization are reviewed, including increased vulnerability and poor judgment. Victims who were under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of their victimization face an array of deleterious outcomes, such as being viewed as less credible by law enforcement officers and placing blame on themselves for their own victimization. The video is accompanied by a discussion guide that offers an outline of the video as well as a series of discussion questions. A listing of additional resources is presented.
Main Term(s): Drug abuse ; Victimization
Index Term(s): Victim services ; Psychological victimization effects ; Post-trauma stress disorder ; Victimization risk
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 95-MU-GX-K002
Sale Source: OVC Resource Ctr
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: VHS color video 28 minutes, along with a 26 page discussion guide.
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