The measurement of concern about victims: Empathy, victim advocacy and the Victim Concern Scale (VCS)

Author(s) Clements Carl B., Brannen, Dia N., Kirkley, Shalene M., Gordon, Trina M. and. Church II, Wesley T
Title The measurement of concern about victims: Empathy, victim advocacy and the Victim Concern Scale (VCS)
Source Legal and Criminological Psychology (2006), 11, 283-295, 2006 The British Psychological Society
Date 2006
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary In a series of studies, the authors developed the Victim Concern Scale (VCS) to assess levels of concern for diverse types of crime victims. The purpose of the study was to assess the VCS instrument and for the study samples were drawn from college and the community. Included in the study was the goal of determining whether concern for crime victims was simply another measure of empathy but the findings suggested otherwise. One of the significant results from the study was that a high level of concern for victims did not preclude the endorsement of offender rehabilitation. Limitations of the instrument were also discussed, including the reliance placed on self-reporting by the participants.
Keywords Victims needs; psychological effects; victim concern; victims needs
Topic Victims needs; psychological effects and treatment