"Some Unexpected Effects of a Police Service for Victims," Crime and Delinquency,
33 (October, 1987), 490-501.
This article examines the impact of a special police program for crime victims. Police officers
re-contacted recent victims by telephone. The officers were to find out whether they needed
any assistance, refer them to support services, offer advice and information, gather any new
information on the case, and indicate the department's continuing concern for their plight.
Participating victims also were sent crime prevention treatment and control groups, and only
the former were contacted. Then, follow-up interviews were conducted with all victims in order
to assess the impact of the program.
Victim Research Abstracts