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Pub. Type Report
Title The Houston Victim Recontact Experiment
Author(s) Skogan, Wesley G.
Wycoff, Mary Ann
Subtitle/Series Name Technical Report
Pub. Date Jul 1985
Abstract Victims were contacted by telephone by one of three officers on the recontact team within a week to 10 days of the original incident. These contacts focused primarily on crime prevention and on communicating concern and support for the victims. A total of 327 such contacts were made with victims, of which 235 were the subject of further analysis (the remainder were excluded as nonresidents, very young victims, and for other reasons). Of victims contacted, two-thirds expressed no need for additional assistance, and only nine cases were referred to other resources. Measures designed to assess the strategy indicated it did not achieve its desired goals. The program had no discernable impact on victim's perceptions of police or their neighborhood or on fear of crime. Other strategies implemented in Houston, but not assessed in this report, included door-to-door police visits, a community newsletter, and a police-community storefront office. source
Issue/No. NCJ 102743
Producer United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
Place of Production Washington, DC

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