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Victim Assistance Programs and Legislation

Victim assistance programs and legislation refers to support programing developed to meet the needs of victims of crime. Often this programming is legislated in an act or other mandate. This topic is relevant to students and professionals in the fields of psychology, social work, criminal justice, sociology, and criminology because they are likely to enter into helping professions that work closely with victims. This entry is organized to first provide a brief historical understanding of victim assistance programming, important dates and events, followed by a discussion of such programming, including specific services available to victims. The relevant legislation that resulted in the development of such programming is also presented.

Brief History

Victim assistance programs have been established to provide services and assistance to victims of crime. These ...

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