Characteristics and psychosocial needs of victims of violent crime identified at a public hospital: data from a large clinical trial



Author(s)Boccellari, Alicia, Alvidrez, Jennifer, Shumway, Martha, Kelly, Vanessa, Merrill, Gregory, Gelb, Michael, Smart, Sharon, and Robert L Okin.
Title Characteristics and psychosocial needs of victims of violent crime identified at a public-sector hospital: data from a large clinical trial
Source General Hospital Psychiatry, 2007, Vol. 29, pp 236-243.
Date 2007
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary For this large study 541 urban victims of crime presenting for acute medical treatment of crime-related injuries, including those who were hospitalised or presenting in emergency, were followed up and interviewed within one month of the crime. For each participant the researchers examined their trauma history, psychiatric symptomology, injury severity, posttraumatic stress symptoms and general demographic data. In addition the victims' case management needs were examined and it was found that over three quarters of the participants were interested in receiving case management assistance with basic living expenses, medical services, employment and working with other agencies. In conclusion the authors discuss implications for future research and whether traditional models of trauma-focused mental health treatment are sufficient to support the emotional and practical needs of the victims.
Keywords Posttraumatic stress; psychosocial; needs; trauma.
Topic Psychological effects and treatment ; Victims needs