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Helping Law Enforcement Serve Victims

The US Department of Justice/ Office for Victims of Crime has released First Response to Victims of Crime, a new educational multimedia package produced by the National Sheriffs' Association. The materials—a 30-minute video available in both DVD (NCJ 211619) and VHS (NCJ 211618) formats, and a companion guidebook (NCJ 217272)—address the impact of crime on victims and describe steps that law enforcement can take, as first responders, to meet victim needs.

The way people cope as victims of crime largely depends on their experiences and treatment by others immediately after the crime. For this reason, law enforcement officers, as first responders, are in a unique position to help victims cope with the immediate trauma of a crime, and regain a sense of security and control over their lives.

Victimizations covered in the video include sexual assault, drunk driving, homicide, human trafficking, and mass casualties. Specific victim populations addressed include older victims, children, victims who have a disability, and immigrants. To request a copy of the DVD, video, or guidebook visit the OVC Web site.

 

In this issue:

Welcome Letter
The Address Confidentiality Program
ACP Frequently Asked Questions
ACP Collaboration: The Key to the Successful Implementation
Texas DPS and the ACP
Domestic Violence Resources from the National Criminal Justice Reference Center
Stalking Resource Center/ Cyberstalking
Sexual Assault Victim Online Hotline
Advice for Advocates: Working With High-Intensity Cases
National Crime Victim Rights Week
Helping Law Enforcement Serve Victims
Serving Victims Abroad
American Probation and Parole Association Resource
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