Reduction of State victim compensation disparities in disadvantaged crime victims through active outreach and assistance: A randomized trial

 
Author(s)Alvidrez, Jennifer, Shumway, Martha, Boccellari, Alicia, Green, Jon Dean, Kelly, Vanessa and Merrill, Gregory
Title Reduction of State victim compensation disparities in disadvantaged crime victims through active outreach and assistance: A randomized trial
Source American Journal of Public Health May 2008, Vol 98, No. 5
Date 2008
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary Studies have shown that there is a general underutilisation of victim compensation, and also disparities between the types of victims who do and do not access compensation. This study was conducted to see whether active outreach and assistance improves the utilisation of victim compensation, and reduces disparities in access. The demonstration project was conducted in California, and the sample was taken from injured victims of crime presenting at the San Francisco General Hospital and eligible victims were assigned either to receive Trauma Recovery Services or usual community care. It was found that active outreach and assistance to victims not only increased the overall proportion of victims applying for compensation, but also reduced disparities.
Keywords Compensation; disparities; disadvantaged; active outreach; psychosocial services; victim compensation; comprehensive services
Topic

Compensation