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Assessing the Needs of Crime Victims' Basic Service Providers

NCJ Number
Systemstats Volume: 27 Issue: 3 Dated: June 2010 Pages: 1-8
Douglas Yearwood
Date Published
June 2010
8 pages
This report presents the findings of a survey, conducted by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Analysis Center, that assessed the agencies in North Carolina that provide basic services for crime victims.
Results of the survey include: almost 70 percent of respondents indicated that their shelter or agency utilized screening tests or procedures when admitting new clientele; over 90 percent of surveyed shelter staff indicated that their respective agencies had access to some form of mental health services within their jurisdiction; more than half of the respondents (54.2 percent) indicated that their agency provided direct services to children on site; and almost 96 percent of respondents reported that their programs have the capability to provide services to victims who possess limited English proficiency. This survey was conducted by the North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission's Criminal Justice Analysis Center to the effectiveness of programs administered by agencies in the State that provide basic services for crime victims. A 45-item questionnaire was sent to every agency in the State that provides basic services to crime victims. Of the 81 programs surveyed, 24 completed and returned the survey for a response rate of 29.6 percent. The results of the survey will be used to identify needs or gaps in services to crime victims to allow the State's service providers to better assist those individuals who become victims of crime. 4 figures and 1 table