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Victim Voice in Reenvisioning Responses to Sexual and Physical Violence Nationally and Internationally

Show simple item record Koss, Mary White, Jacquelyn Lopez, Elise 2020-08-19T21:10:34Z 2020-08-19T21:10:34Z 2017
dc.identifier.citation Koss, Mary; White, Jacquelyn; Lopez, Elise. (2017). Victim Voice in Reenvisioning Responses to Sexual and Physical Violence Nationally and Internationally. American Psychologist: 72(9), 1019-1030. en_US
dc.description.abstract Internationally and in the United States many victims of sexual assault and domestic violence are unserved, underserved, or ill-served, especially those from the most vulnerable populations. Programs developed in the United States are routinely exported to developing countries but often without success. Notably, the failures seen internationally resemble those in the United States and are related to structural and attitudinal–cultural factors. Many victims do not disclose, and if they do seek services, they often report that available options mismatch their objectives, present accessibility challenges, disempower their pursuit of justice, and fail to augment needed resources. A deeper understanding of obstacles to effective service provision is needed if the United States is to continue to be an international partner in victim response and violence prevention. This article builds on what is known about service delivery challenges in U.S. programs to envision a path forward that concomitantly accommodates anticipation of shrinking resources, by (a) reviewing illustrative services and feedback from victims about utilizing them; (b) examining structural inequalities and the intersections of personal and contextual features that both increase vulnerability to victimization and decrease accessibility and acceptability of services; (c) advocating for reintroduction of direct victim voice into response planning to enhance reach and relevance; and (d) reorienting delivery systems, community partnerships, and Coordinated Community Response teams. The authors suggest as the way forward pairing direct victim voice with open-minded listening to expressed priorities, especially in vulnerable populations, and designing services accordingly.Through a process that prioritizes adaptation to diverse needs and cultures, U.S models can increase desirability, equity, and thrift at home as well as enhance international relevance. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Psychologist en_US
dc.subject Research Review en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Service en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Reporting en_US
dc.subject Sexual Violence en_US
dc.subject Physical Violence en_US
dc.subject Domestic Violence en_US
dc.subject Intimate Partner Violence en_US
dc.subject Rape en_US
dc.subject Sexual Assault en_US
dc.subject Violence Against Women en_US
dc.subject Victim Voice en_US
dc.subject Victim Input en_US
dc.subject Service Delivery en_US
dc.subject Service Utilization en_US
dc.subject Service User Engagement en_US
dc.subject Service User Involvement en_US
dc.subject Structural Inequities en_US
dc.subject Vulnerable Populations en_US
dc.subject Community Coordinated Response en_US
dc.subject Victim Services en_US
dc.subject Intersectional en_US
dc.subject Outreach en_US
dc.subject Technology Services en_US
dc.subject Public Awareness en_US
dc.title Victim Voice in Reenvisioning Responses to Sexual and Physical Violence Nationally and Internationally en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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