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National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Reports, No. 203, May/June 1987

NCJ Number
Robert C. Davis
Date Published
25 pages
This document contains an article on learning how to help crime victims and summaries of other articles on topics of interest to criminal justice professionals.
The lead article reviews some of the significant findings of National Institute of Justice research on victims. Mental or emotional suffering was the most frequent problem expressed by victims in general, while time and income loss posed the greatest difficulties for victims involved in the court process. Victims’ fear and emotional distress often extended to their families and friends. The article discusses research on crisis intervention programs, victim compensation programs, the victim in the criminal justice system and the system’s response to victims. Special sections are devoted to victims of rape, domestic violence, child victims and the role of victim impact in sentencing decisions. The summarized articles concern alternatives to institutionalization; courts; crime prevention/deterrence; criminalistics and forensics; criminology; institutional corrections (adult); juvenile justice system; law enforcement; reference and statistics; technology/systems; and victim services. References