Use and non-use of victim services programs: implications from a statewide survey of crime victims

Author(s)Sims, Barbara, Yost, Berwood and Abbott, Christina
Title Use and non-use of victim services programs: implications from a statewide survey of crime victims
Source Criminology & Public Policy. May 2005. Vol4, Iss 2, pg 361, 23 pgs. Columbus.
Date 2005
Document type Journal article
Coverage Pennsylvania USA
Summary This study consisted of two parts. The first part is an in-depth inventory of the types of programs provided for crime victims in Pennsylvania. The second part explored the extent to which victims used the available services. One finding was that few crime victims really understood the range of services that victim service programs can provide. In general the results are in line with previous studies that indicate there is little usage of services by crime victims. The multivariate analysis suggests that the strongest predictors of increasing the odds that a victim would use the services were age and type of crime. The authors found that older victims were far more likely than younger individuals to seek help from services even though younger people were more likely to be victims. As 40% of the crime victims said they did not know what kinds of services were offered by victim services programs the authors were led to the conclusion that policies and educational programs aimed at informing victims about programs were ineffective.
Keywords Victim services; use and non use of services; types of services.
Topic Service delivery