Helping Crime Victims: Levels of Trauma and Effectiveness of Services in Arizona, 1983-1984 (ICPSR 9329)

Published: Jan 12, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Royer Cook; Barbara Smith; Adele V. Harrell

Version V1

This data collection was designed to gauge the impact of a victim assistance program on the behavior and attitudes of victims and to evaluate the program as assessed by police and prosecutors. Program impact was estimated by examining the change in psychological, social, and financial conditions of the victims following the service intervention. Three types of victim service conditions can be compared: crisis intervention service, delayed assistance service, and no service. The victim files contain information on the victim's demographic characteristics, various kinds of psychological indicators and stress symptoms following the incident, respondent's assessments of impacts of victimization on social activity, family, job, and financial conditions. The follow-up files have information on the victims' financial and emotional state some time after the incident. The police files include respondent's personal background, types and frequency of victim-witness services used, and opinions about contacts with police. The prosecutor files include variables relating to personal background and satisfaction with the court system.

Cook, Royer, Smith, Barbara, and Harrell, Adele V. Helping Crime Victims:  Levels of Trauma and Effectiveness of Services in Arizona, 1983-1984. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12.

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (82-IJ-CX-KO36)

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

1983 -- 1984

1983 -- 1984

The sample of 323 victims of sexual assault, domestic assault, other assault, robbery, and burglary consists of two major groups. For the first group 223 victims were selected from victim assistance program records (109 had received immediate crisis intervention services and 114 had received delayed services from the program). A matched control group of 100 victims who had received no program services also was selected. The sample of 148 police officers was drawn randomly, stratified by "team" (the four teams were located in the four geographical quadrants of the city). The survey of 36 deputy county attorneys represented a sample of all prosecutors in the city with the exception of two prosecutors used for the pretest and three who did not return their questionnaires.

Victims of the crimes of sexual assault, domestic assault, other assault, robbery, and burglary in Tucson, Arizona during 1983.

personal interviews

survey data



2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 27 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.


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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.