This book contains a comprehensive report and set of recommendations on victims' rights and services. Section 1, "New Directions in Victims' Rights," reviews the nation's progress over the past two decades toward establishing state and federal rights for victims of crime. In Section 2, "New Directions for Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Agencies," the critical role that each agency must play within the justice system is defined as implementing and enforcing victims' rights and in improving the overall treatment of crime victims within our nation's justice systems. Section 3, "New Directions for Victim Assistance and Allied Professionals," identifies areas where services for victims of crime can be enhanced and highlights the innovative promising practices that each profession has developed to improve victim services. A chapter is included on the educational community covering crime on school grounds/campuses, education about victimization, prevention methods, and recommendations from the educational community. In Section 4, "New Directions in Financial Recovery," addresses three major avenues that victims can pursue to recover their financial losses due to crime: compensation, restitution, and civil remedies. Section 5, "New Directions for Child Victims," addresses the unique needs of young victims and outlines the legal rights and protection rights of child victims. It also reviews the long-term effects of crime and provides examples of programs and services for child victims. Section 6, "New Directions in International Victim Assistance," discusses global issues facing the field of victim services today and briefly highlights approaches that have been taken in other countries to address crime victims' needs. References follow each chapter. (Includes 2 appendixes.) (MKA)
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Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Justice Programs.