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Immediate Help for the Victims of Crime
Immediate help for the victims of crime

The effects of crime may be long-lasting, but the evidence shows that for most victims the initial impact is the greatest. What happens then – how different agencies and their representatives react to the immediate crime situation – is of crucial importance in underpinning victims' experiences. The first focal point here is the role of the police. This is partly because the police are usually the first official agency to be notified and to become involved, and partly because where the police are not involved it is relatively unlikely that any other agency will be drawn in. There are of course exceptions to this. Victims of violence may, for example, go to ...

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