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Conscience and Convenience: American Victim Work in Organizational Context

NCJ Number
International Review of Victimology Volume: 25 Issue: 3 Dated: 2019 Pages: 341-357
Date Published
17 pages
Publication Series
This article reports on a study that drew on 42 semi-structured interviews with victim workers from a variety of settings and organizational affiliations in the midwestern United States, who describe their pathways, activities, and challenges.

Although recent years have witnessed the proliferation of victim-focused positions inside and outside the criminal justice system, little is known about the occupational characteristics and organizational context of this field in the United States. Data from the current study revealed key differences among the experiences of those who were publicly employed, affiliated with the nonprofit sector, and working independently. The findings underscore the significance of organizational affiliation in understanding victim work, the value of strong public/private partnerships, and the necessity of reforms to the organizational culture of criminal justice agencies to optimize victim experiences. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2019