Victim Assistance: Exploring Individual Practice, Organizational Policy, and Societal Responses / Edition 1

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Based on the acclaimed professional certificate program, Advanced Institute on Victim Studies: Critical Analysis of Victim Assistance, this book identifies core content areas essential for practitioners working with crime victims.

Recognizing the multidisciplined, multisystem field that encompasses victim assistance, the contributors present a solid foundation of the varying concepts and theories on victims and victims services. The balance of the text addresses the skills and strategies needed to enhance services to victims at the individual, organizational, and societal levels. Each chapter concludes with an analysis and application section, including representative scenarios and key questions for review.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826147516
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: Springer Series on Family Violence
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Underwood, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies, an interdisciplinary affiliation between Washburn University and California State University at Fresno. Dr. Underwood also serves as faculty for the Department of Human Services at Washburn University and for the Department of Criminology at CSUF.

Christine Edmunds is a Victim Rights and Services Consultant and serves on the Executive Committee of the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies. She co-founded the National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) in 1995 and has served as senior faculty since that time. She is an adjunct professor for the California State University at Fresno and for Washburn University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview
• Concepts of Victims Assistance, T.L. Underwood
• Ecological Perspective of Victimization, N.D. Palmer and T.L. Underwood
• Exploring Attitudes Toward Violence and Victimization, T.L. Underwood and S.D. Walker
• Barriers to Service, R. Ellis and K. Hart
• The Psychological and Physiological Impact of Stress, D.L. Petersen and S.D. Walker
• Trauma and the Crime Victim, D.L. Petersen
• The Justice System and Victims, T.L. Underwood
• Victims of Sexual Abuse and Assault: Adults and Children, N. Palmer and C. Edmunds
• Victims of Criminal Death, C. Edmunds, D.L. Petersen and T.L. Underwood
• Violence within Family Systems, N. Palmer and C. Edmunds
• Victims of Hate and Bias Crimes, R. Ellis
• Victim Advocacy and Public Policy, C. Edmunds and T.L. Underwood
• Issues for the Profession, T.L. Underwood

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