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"We Belong to Them": The Costs of Funding for Rape Crisis Centers

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 17 Issue: 11 Dated: November 2011 Pages: 1383-1408
Shana L. Maier
Date Published
November 2011
26 pages
This research explores the transformation of rape crisis centers.
This research explores the transformation of rape crisis centers and whether directors, staff, interns, and volunteers see changes as beneficial or detrimental to rape crisis centers and the victims they serve. Data from 63 interviews with directors, staff, interns, and volunteers from 6 rape crisis centers located in 4 East Coast States indicate that although centers may have been formed for different reasons depending on when they opened, all have become more professional, rely less on volunteers, engage in more collaboration with other agencies, and have largely abandoned their traditional activism agenda. Traditional activism through political protests and membership in consciousness raising groups has been replaced by community education and outreach. Some of these changes are viewed as positive whereas others are viewed as negative. (Published Abstract)