Victim Needs and Services: An Assessment of Indiana's Resources in Support of Crime Victims

David A. Ford, Indiana-Purdue University - Indianapolis
William H. Barton, Indiana University Purdue University
Sara Cornell Hare, Indiana University Southeast

Crime victims stand to benefit from a significant infrastructure of services supported by federal, state, and private resources. Little is known, however, of the reach and impact of those services. Do they address victims in greatest need? Do the quality and quantity of victim services match victims' needs? Are services accessible by all victims in need? The Indiana Victim Services Assessment Project sought to find answers through information from representative samples of victims and service providers statewide. This paper presents findings focusing on the mismatch between victim needs and available services, as apparent from the differing perspectives of victims and service providers. The paper concludes with a discussion of implications for decision-making with respect to the distribution of resources intended to help victims of crime.

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Updated 05/20/2006