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What services are available to help victims of crime?

Providing a national picture of services to victims

Critical gaps exist in understanding the scope of services available and provided to victims of crime. The Bureau of Justice Statistics has tapped Westat to conduct the National Survey of Victim Service Providers (NSVSP) to help fill in those gaps.

The survey will provide a national picture of how service providers meet the needs of victims of crime and abuse.

  • The survey will collect detailed information from a nationally represented sample of victim service providers on
    • Services provided to crime victims
    • Staffing
    • Organizational constraints to providing services
  • The survey is conducted primarily as a web survey, with the option to complete by telephone in nonresponse followup.
  • Westat has
    • Organized and convened an expert panel with knowledge and expertise in victim services
    • Conducted cognitive testing with a diverse group of victim service providers to revise and finalize the survey instrument
    • Developed sampling strategies to produce both national and subnational estimates
  • Information from the survey will assist funders and policymakers to better understand the work and needs of victim service providers.
  • The results will serve as a resource for practitioners and other stakeholders in identifying ways in which victim service providers need support for carrying out their mission.


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