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Who Experiences Violent Victimization and Who Accesses Services? Findings From the National Crime Victimization Survey for Expanding Our Reach

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This research was conducted to identify groups of persons at high risk for serious violent victimization, so as to assist in targeting services for the victims with the greatest need.
Analysis was conducted on data from the National Crime Victimization Survey. The focus was on disparities in risk and the use of victim services, with attention to group characteristics such as gender, race/ethnicity, and income status, as well as other factors that assist in identifying who is most likely to experience serious, nonlethal violent victimization. Characteristics of those who currently access victim services were also identified. Overall, the patterns identified in this study support the view that the majority of crime survivors do not access the services available for them. Also, the need for victim services is greatest in the poorest communities. Of particular concern are services that target the needs of minority male youth. Filling these gaps in services for victims of violence require filling gaps in knowledge.
Date Created: December 7, 2020