Who is in need of victim support? The issue of accountable, empirically validated selection and victim referral

Author(s)Winkel, Frans and Vrij, Aldert
Title Who is in need of victim support? The issue of accountable, empirically validated selection and victim referral
Source Expert Evidence Vol 6 1998 pp 23-41
Date 1998
Document type Journal article
Summary There is a large gap between the total number of crime victims, and the number of those who receive official victim support. It is recognised that not all victims need support and evidence shows most victims are capable of overcoming the crisis without suffering a severe trauma as a result. The issue, being investigated, which has economic considerations, is how to select the victims needing external support. Several theoretical prediction models based on social psychological studies are available. This study focused on the suitability of pre-victimisation psychological well-being as a simple selection tool. The results suggested that low pre-victimisation well-being has some predictive utility and can be considered a risk factor. There is discussion that professionals, such as police officers, coming in contact with victims may be able to administer a simple quantative assessment, to guide referral for support.
Keywords Victims rights; support; risk factors; assessments; multiple victimisation
Topic Victims rights; Psychological effects and treatment.