Victim Assistance

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Exploring Individual Practice, Organizational Policy, and Societal Responses


  • Thomas L. Underwood PhD
  • Christine Edmunds

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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.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 08, 2002
  • Page Count 304
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826147516
  • EISBN 9780826197740

Table of Contents 

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