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Panel Recommends Comprehensive Program for Victims of Violent Crime
Robert F. Rich; Ann W. Burgess
Psychiatric Services 1986; doi:
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The School of Urban and Public Affairs at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Boston City Hospital

1986 American Psychiatric Association

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Given that the aftermath of crime represents a crisis for the mental health system, the criminal justice system, and the public as a whole, the panel recommends.• Availability of multiple models of services for victims.• Development of standards of professional practice• Development of training programs for mental health professionals, criminal justice officials, primary care physicians, emergency room personnel, the clergy, and others who provide services to crime victims.• Adequate funding for victim studies, along with new methods of research.• Financial support programs for victims.• Removal of exclusionary clauses from laws designed to serve victims (for example, a victim may not be eligible for compensation if the offender is a family member).• A national survey of victims of sexual assault.• A colloquium on the aftermath of violence for children, with the focus on the mental health crisis.

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