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Personal Safety

Wednesday 30 July 2003 in Victimology 3 Comment(s)

The chance that you or a member of your family will be a victim of violent crime is low. Violent crimes are still comparatively rare and account for a very small part of recorded crime. But some people are still frightened that they, or someone close to them, will be the victim of a violent attack. The best way to cut the risk of attack is by taking sensible precautions. Most people already do this as part of their everyday lives, often without realising it.

Resources for Survivers of Homicide Victims

Thursday 15 November 2001 in Victimology 2 Comment(s)

CHILDREN OF MURDERED PARENTS P.O. Box 9317, Whittier, California 90608 (310) 699-8427 Maintains contact with survivors of homicide victims throughout the United States, providing suppport to survivors of all ages. Assists victims by evaluating various sources of therapeutic help and suggesting possible practical referrals. DOUGY CENTER 3903 Southeast 52nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97206 (503) 775-5683 A resource for children who are grieving, with 15 support groups in Oregon. Can provide referrals to regional and national support groups, including grief support programs specifically geared toward children. PARENTS OF MURDERED CHILDREN 100 East Eight Street, Suite B-41, Cincinatti, Ohio 45202 (513) 721-5683 Offers support for families as they work through the grief process and learn what to expect from the criminal justice system. Helps with practical information, referrals, telephone contact, legal ramifications of murder and any problems that may be faced by bereaved families of homicide victims. Has over 300 contact persons and chapters. THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS P.O. Box 3696, Oak Brook, Illinois 60522 (708) 990-0010 A nationwide self-help organization for parents and family members who have experienced the death of a child or sibling. Assists them in positive resolution of the grief experienced upon the death of a child. Provides referrals to local chapters, publishes pamphlets and books on parental and sibling grief, and maintains a resource catalog.

Tips to Protect Against Stalking

Sunday 11 November 2001 in Victimology 8 Comment(s)

The following list of the most common mistakes that stalking victims make has been culled from Surviving a Stalker: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Yourself Safe, a ground-breaking book by Linden Gross that teaches you how to avoid those life-threatening errors that too many other victims have made. Not listening to your intuition. As countless stories reveal in Linden Grossís book, you need to keep your internal radar tuned to pick up signals that something might be wrong. Letting someone down easy, instead of saying a definitive NO if youíre not interested in a relationship. Trying to be nice can lead a potentially obsessive suitor to hear what he or she wants instead of the message that youíre not interested. Ignoring the early warning signs that annoying attention might escalate into dangerous harassment and pursuit. Pay special attention to what happened to Diane DiMarco, Suzanne Jurva and Jane McAllister, whose stories are all chronicled in Surviving a Stalker: Everything. Responding to a stalker in any way, shape, or form. That means not acceding to your stalkers demands even once he or she has introduced threats. Lindenís book explains the dynamics behind a threat, and what to do when and if your stalking escalates to this point. Trying to reason or bargain with a stalker. Stalking is like a long rape. Find out how your natural reactions almost automatically put you at a disadvantage, and what you can do about it. Seeking a restraining or protective order. All too often, this one act propels stalkers to act violently. Still tempted to get that piece of paper? You might want to check out the stories about Laura Black and Shirley Lowery before you do. Expecting police to solve your problem and make it go away. Even the LAPDís Threat Management Unit says that victims have to take 100 percent responsibility for their dealing with the situation. Taking inadequate privacy and safety precautions. In the chapter titled "If It Happens To You: A Safety Primer," Linden Gross tells you exactly what to do to protect yourself and your loved ones. Neglecting to enlist the support of family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, therapists and other victims. It may be tough to admit that youíre being stalked, but itís not your fault. Learn how to gather the people who will constitute your first line of defense. Ignoring their emotional needs during and after a stalking. Do you know how to get the support you need? Surviving a Stalker: Everything. will help. Read the chapter titled "Keeping Yourself Sane."

Safety Tips for Runners and Walkers

Tuesday 6 November 2001 in Victimology 1 Comment(s)

Each year more and more people take up running and walking because it is a quick, inexpensive way to stay fit. If you travel often, running or walking is an excellent way to maintain your exercise regimen. Also, many community centers and neighborhood and senior groups are starting walking clubs. Consider joining one, it's a great way to meet new people. Here are few pointers from the National Crime Prevention Council to help you keep safe when you hit the road. Before You Leave Plan your outing. Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Tell friends and family of your favorite exercise routes. Know where telephones are located along the course. Wear an identification tag or carry a driver's license. If you don't have a place to carry your ID, write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside of your athletic shoe. Include any medical information. Don't wear jewelry or carry cash. Wear reflective material. On the Road Tell a family member or friend where you are going and the time you expect to be back. Stay alert at all times. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are. Run or walk with a partner or a dog. Don't wear headsets. If you wear them you won't hear an approaching car or attacker. Listen to your surroundings. Consider carrying a cellular phone. Exercise in familiar areas. Know which businesses or stores are open. Vary your route. Avoid unpopulated areas, deserted streets, and overgrown trails. Especially avoid poorly lighted areas at night. Run clear of parked cars or bushes. Ignore verbal harassment. Use discretion in acknowledging strangers. Look directly at others and be observant, but keep your distance and keep moving. Run against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles. Trust your intuition about a person or an area. React based on that intuition and avoid areas you feel unsure about. Be careful if anyone in a car asks you for directionsóif you answer, keep at least a full arm's length from the car. If you think you are being followed, change direction and head for open stores, theaters, or a lighted house. Have your door key ready before you reach your home. Call police immediately if something happens to you or someone else, or you notice anyone out of the ordinary. It is also a good idea to check with police about any criminal activity in the area you plan to run. Stay Alert Sometimes runners and walkers get lulled into a "zone" where they are so focused on their exercise they lose track of what's going on around them. This state can make runners and walkers more vulnerable to attacks. Walk and run with confidence and purpose. If you get bored running without music, practice identifying characteristics of strangers and memorizing license tags to keep you from "zoning out." Running and Walking in the Evening or Early Morning OK, so you missed the opportunity to exercise during the light of day, but you still want to get in a quick three miles before turning in for the night or before the sun rises. The best advice when exercising while it's dark is to get off the streets and head to the security of a well-lighted outdoor track or consider running on an indoor track or tread mill. If you are a walker, consider laps around an indoor shopping mall. If these options are not available or just aren't for you, consider these tips before heading out: Make sure people can see you: Think about where you are going and how well lighted it may or may not be. Going out at dusk or at night is dangerous without some type of reflective device on your clothing. Many athletic shoes have reflective qualities built in, but also consider a vest complete with reflective tape. Watch the road: Wet or icy spots are considerably harder to see in the dark. Keep alert. Dawn and dusk offer convenient shadows for muggers and other crooks. Away From Home Many people have taken up running and walking so that they will be able to exercise when they are traveling. Remember just because you are away from home doesn't mean you can let your guard down when you exercise. Check with the hotel staff or concierge to find safe routes for exercise. If there is not an acceptable place to exercise outdoors, see if the hotel can arrange access to a health club or gym. Become familiar with your exercise course before you start. Get a map and study it. Remember the street address of the hotel. Carry a card with your hotel address along with your personal ID. Leave your room key with the front desk. Follow your usual safety rules.

Rape Prevention

Tuesday 6 November 2001 in Victimology 1 Comment(s)

Rape is about power, control, and anger. Think about the unthinkable. Don't mask the facts about rape with myths and stereotypes. The truth is...Rape is an act of violence. It is an attempt to control and degrade using sex as a weapon. Rape can happen to anyone - children, students, wives, mothers, working women, grandmothers, the rich and poor, and boys and men. Rapists can be anyone - classmates, co-workers, a neighbor or delivery person, ugly or attractive, outgoing or shy, often a friend or family member. Rapists commit their crime again and again, until they are caught.

What Was Chandra Thinking?

Thursday 18 October 2001 in Victimology 0 Comment(s)

What made Chandra Levy tick? With little physical evidence to go on, answering that question might be the only thing that helps authorities find out what happened to the 24-year-old federal intern. And answering that question is the job of the FBI profiler who has been called into the investigation.

Victimology : Past Present and Future

Sunday 8 July 2001 in Victimology 4 Comment(s)

Victimology: Past Present and Future
byEzzat A. Fattah

As popular as victimology has become it is suprising that no comprehensive history of the discipline has ever been written and there are no systematic assessments of its present state or of likely future developments. The present paper is an attempt to remedy this situation. Victimology is a young promising discipline and a fascinating subject. And although victimization is as old as humanity itself, it was not until after the Second World War that the scientific study of crime victims emerged as an essential complement to cirminology's well-established research on offenders.

1998 National Victim Assistance Academy : I

Wednesday 30 May 2001 in Victimology 1 Comment(s)

Violent crime in America has become a national crisis, and, as a result, America's mental health, health and public safety systems are seriously challenged. Recent surveys have helped create new understanding of the scope of rape and its impact. Data suggest that millions of women have been raped in their lifetime, many when they were still children. The mental health impact of violent crime can be seen in the prevalence of PTSD among women with a history of violent victimization and individuals who have lost a family member to homicide.

The following is an extended text detailing research conducted on behalf of the National Victim Assistance Academy. This is the first in a series of 12 Chapters and supplements.

Violent Victimization and Race

Friday 11 May 2001 in Victimology 1 Comment(s)

If I had a penny for every minute of my life I've spent plowing statistics and reports from the United States Department of Justice I would be a wealthy woman. As it is I make due with the hope that one day, all of that plowing will pay off. In whatever form it may choose to take. A huge section of my research work has centred around criminal victimisation. Anyone who has ever made a concentrated effort to really look at this area will tell you, its not one you can move on from.

Victim Rights ....... So Says the Government

Friday 11 May 2001 in Victimology 1 Comment(s)

You'll find below Article III, taken from the 2000 Attorney General (Janet Reno) Guidelines for Victims and Witness Assistance. Mabye It's just me, but I find it a bit curious that of all the articles in this report, most of which are VERY extensive in length, the article on Victims Rights was the shortest. No article at all really. Just a bit of a list. No doubt were we to receive a similar report from the good ole General which dealt with criminals as opposed to victims then their 'Rights' section would be signficantly longer. No matter. Remember this is just part of the report published last year by the Attorney General's Office.

Tips For Stalking Victims

Friday 11 May 2001 in Victimology 1 Comment(s)

I have been fortunate enough to have never been a victim of a Stalker, but I know those who have. It's a frightening, nerve wracking experience at the best of times and a dangerous, even life threatening experience at the worst. The following 'tips' were originally published by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse in 1995 but were updated in February of this year. Though they were designed specifically for residents of California, I think they are invaluable, whatever your location. It's the little things that we can do, and don't, that we regret. Just take a few minutes to read over these everyone. It couldn't hurt.

State Agency Crime Victim Compensation Program - Wyoming

Tuesday 8 May 2001 in Victimology 1 Comment(s)

WYOMING Division of Victim Services Office of the Attorney General 2301 Central Ave., Barrett Bldg., 4th floor Cheyenne, WY 82002 (307) 777-7200 FAX: (307) 777-6683

State Agency Crime Victim Compensation Program - Wisconsin

Tuesday 8 May 2001 in Victimology 1 Comment(s)

WISCONSIN Office of Crime Victims Services Department of Justice P.O. Box 7951 Madison, WI 53707-7951 1-800-446-6564 FAX: (608) 264-6363

State Agency Crime Victim Compensation Program - West Virginia

Tuesday 8 May 2001 in Victimology 5 Comment(s)

WEST VIRGINIA Crime Victims Compensation Fund West Virginia Court of Claims 1900 Kanawha Blvd., East, Room W-334 Charleston, WV 25305-0610 (304) 347-4850 FAX: (304) 347-4915 1-800-642-8650 (in-state)

State Agency Crime Victim Compensation Program - Washington

Tuesday 8 May 2001 in Victimology 1 Comment(s)

WASHINGTON Crime Victim Compensation Program Department of Labor and Industries P.O. Box 44520 Olympia, WA 98504-4520 (360) 902-5355 FAX: (360) 902

State Agency Crime Victim Compensation Program - Virginia

Tuesday 8 May 2001 in Victimology 9 Comment(s)

VIRGINIA Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund Workers' Compensation Commission 11513 Allecingie Pkwy. Richmond, VA 23235 (804) 378-3434 FAX: (804) 378-4390 1-800-552-4007

State Agency Crime Victim Compensation Program - Virgin Islands

Tuesday 8 May 2001 in Victimology 1 Comment(s)

VIRGIN ISLANDS Criminal Victims Compensation Commission Department of Human Services Knud Hanson Complex, Building A 1303 Hospital Ground Charlotte Annalie, VI 00802 (340) 774-0930, ext. 4104 FAX: (340) 774-3466

State Agency Crime Victim Compensation Program - Vermont

Tuesday 8 May 2001 in Victimology 3 Comment(s)

VERMONT Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services Victims Compensation Program 103 South Main St. Waterbury, VT 05671-2001 (802) 241-1250 FAX: (802) 241-1253 1-800-750-1213 (in-state only) (voice and TTY)

State Agency Crime Victim Compensation Program - Utah

Tuesday 8 May 2001 in Victimology 1 Comment(s)

UTAH Office of Crime Victim Reparations Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice 350 East 500 South, Suite 200 Salt Lake City, UT 84111 (801) 238-2360 FAX: (801) 533-4127 1-800-621-7144

State Agency Crime Victim Compensation Program - Texas

Tuesday 8 May 2001 in Victimology 1 Comment(s)

TEXAS Crime Victims Compensation Division Office of the Attorney General P.O. Box 12548, Capitol Station Austin, TX 78711-2548 (512) 936-1200 FAX: (512) 320-8270 1-800-983-9933


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