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Who are Underserved Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault? Underrepresented Victim Populations and Barriers to Service Seeking

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dc.contributor.author Gruschow, Karl
dc.contributor.author Vasquez, Amanda
dc.date.accessioned 2020-10-23T15:46:36Z
dc.date.available 2020-10-23T15:46:36Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Gruschow, Karl; Vasquez, Amanda. (2020). Who are Underserved Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault? Underrepresented Victim Populations and Barriers to Service Seeking. VOCA-SAC Partnerships: Illinois, from the Center for Victim Research, 2020 cohort, 20 pgs. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://ncvc.dspacedirect.org/handle/20.500.11990/2174
dc.identifier.uri https://ncvc.dspacedirect.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11990/2174/VOCA%20SAC%20Report_2020_Illinois_Who%20are%20Underserved%20Victims%20of%20DV%20and%20SA.pdf?sequence=19&isAllowed=y
dc.description Report en_US
dc.description.abstract Improving victim services for underserved populations is a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding priority. While VOCA does not define who “underserved populations” are, it does provide guidelines state administering agencies (SAAs), the entities that distribute VOCA funding, should use to designate underserved victims within their states. These guidelines state SAAs must base their definitions on victim characteristics (e.g., race, residence, income) and/or victimization type (e.g., sexual assault, robbery). The present study examines the definition of underserved in the context of Illinois sexual assault and domestic violence victims. Domestic violence and sexual assault service provider perspectives were solicited directly via focus groups, which included a discussion on provider definitions and experiences related to underserved victims and reflections on findings of a statistical and geographic analysis of domestic violence and sexual assault service receiving victims in Illinois. Researchers found service provider definitions were rooted in individual barriers victims face during and after victimization. Their definitions diverged both from the framing of the VOCA guidelines and definitions suggested by researchers’ analysis of service data. Researchers found the barrier-focused definition preferred by service providers and the analysis of demographic characeristics used to identify underrepresented victim populations complemented each other; combined these perspectives offered a more comprehensive understanding of underserved victims in Illinois. [CVRL Note: See also the related 15 maps, linked in the appendix. This report is a collaboration between Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (SAC and SAA). The partnership is part of the 2020 cohort of the Center for Victim Research's funded collaborations between state Victims of Crime Act offices and Statistical Analysis Centers (VOCA-SAC). Each report includes a final segment discussing the research partnership, the future of the partnership, and how the results will inform stakeholders and practice.] (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Center for Victim Research (CVR) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries VOCA-SAC Partnership;2020
dc.subject Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships en_US
dc.subject Interagency Collaboration en_US
dc.subject Underserved Populations en_US
dc.subject Historically Marginalized en_US
dc.subject Demographics en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Service en_US
dc.subject Definitions en_US
dc.subject Victim Services en_US
dc.subject Domestic Violence en_US
dc.subject Sexual Assault en_US
dc.subject Intimate Partner Violence en_US
dc.subject LGBTQ en_US
dc.subject Sexual Orientation en_US
dc.subject Gender Identity en_US
dc.subject Immigrants en_US
dc.subject Limited English Proficiency en_US
dc.subject People of Color en_US
dc.subject Black en_US
dc.subject African American en_US
dc.subject Latinx en_US
dc.subject Latino en_US
dc.subject Latinas en_US
dc.subject Latin@ en_US
dc.subject Asian en_US
dc.subject White en_US
dc.subject Caucasian en_US
dc.subject Underrepresented Groups en_US
dc.subject Overrepresented Groups en_US
dc.subject Victim Needs en_US
dc.subject Help Seeking en_US
dc.subject Communication en_US
dc.subject Service Utilization en_US
dc.subject Funding en_US
dc.subject Quantitative Data en_US
dc.subject Research Limitations en_US
dc.subject Mapping
dc.title Who are Underserved Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault? Underrepresented Victim Populations and Barriers to Service Seeking en_US
dc.type Other en_US


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