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About Victimization & for Survivors

This page contains links to statistics and studies about violence and resources to help survivors. There's additional information about fraud and identity theft

U.S. Dept of Justice Help for Victims:  

Type of Victimization      Toll Free Numbers

Directory of Crime Victim Services

Recovering from Sexual Assault and Attempted Murder (A discussion of Susan Brison's Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self)

Rape As Social Murder by Cathy Winkler

Resources for Victims & Survivors

National Center for Victims of Crime

U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime

Web of Justice: Victims Services Criminal Justice Links

Crime Victims for a Just Society [They also maintain an excellent page of related Links]

National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center

Victim Assistance Online

Witness Justice - helping survivors of violent crime find support, justice & personal healing

Missing & Exploited Kids Program

Compassionate Friends: Grief support for parents and siblings after the death of a child

Survivors of Torture and Trauma

Silence Speaks: Digital Storytelling in Support of healing and violence prevention

Victims of Crime With Disabilities Resource Guide


Information and Statistics About Victimization

FBI's Uniform Crime Reports tabulates police reports; it is a better measure of police report taking behavior than actual crime

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics See Part III: Nature and Distribution of Known Offenses

NCJRS Victimization Information (National Criminal Justice Reference Service)

Bureau of Justice Statistics: Key Crime & Justice Facts


Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Why Some Women Sometimes Stay

Girl, Interrupted: For Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse

Victim Services Domestic Violence Shelter Tour

National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect

More information from the Domestic Violence page or the Rape & Acquaintance Rape page

Recommended Reading: Restorative Justice

Responding to
Terrorism Victims: Oklahoma City and Beyond 

Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism: A Training Manual (192 p .pdf)

Mental Health Response to Mass Violence and Terrorism: A Field Guide

Identity Theft Information:

Identity Theft: A Research Review (US National Institute of Justice Aug 2007)

US Dept of Justice Resources
FTC testimony on identity theft
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (great collection of resources)
Identity Theft: Incidence and Cost Appear to Be Growing (GAO - large .pdf)
Identity Theft.org
For good information about various other frauds:
Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Protection page

Identity Theft (more)     

(CNN) -- E-mail users are being warned about a new identity theft scam that tries to snare victims by accusing them of violating the government's anti-terrorism Patriot Act. The fraudulent message appears to be from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and asks people to verify their identity by clicking on a bogus Web link.

"In cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, Federal, State and Local Governments [sic] your account has been denied insurance from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation due to suspected violations of the Patriot Act," the fraudulent e-mail states. [E-mail scam uses anti-terrorism hook]

Anti-Phishing.org contains more about email scams designed to collect personal information

Identity Crisis: Meet Michael Berry - political activist, cancer survivor, creditor's dream. Meet Michael Berry - scam artist, killer, the real Michael Berry's worst nightmare (The Washington Post Magazine: Cover Story, August 10, 2003; Page W14)

Some government officials estimate that as many as 750,000 people a year are victimized. Others think that number is way too low. Last month Gartner Inc., a business research group, estimated that 7 million Americans have fallen prey to identity thieves in the past year alone, an extraordinary figure mirrored by a new survey from Privacy & American Business, an industry-funded think tank. Another study, by Star Systems, a company that facilitates the majority of U.S. ATM transactions, suggests that almost 12 million Americans in all, or about one in 19 adults, have been hit by such fraud.

David Medine, a former Federal Trade Commission and White House official, and now a leading information law specialist at the law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, has an unscientific test he uses to judge the extent of the problem. He asks friends at Washington parties if they've been a victim or know a victim. These days, Medine says, almost everyone has a horror story to contribute to the conversation. "You have this seemingly low-level crime that, cumulatively, is a national crisis," Medine says.

The financial costs are staggering, though no one can put a precise dollar figure on them. Star Systems estimates the losses at $24 billion, the vast majority in the past decade, a burden shouldered largely by the nation's financial institutions as a cost of doing business.

Bills to Change Fetus's Status Gain Support: Measures Expanding Crime Victim Designation Called Backdoor Curbs on Abortion Rights. Momentum is building behind legislation that would make it a federal crime to harm the fetus of a pregnant woman, spurred in part by outrage over the slaying of Californian Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Conner. The measure, dubbed the "Laci and Conner's Law," seeks to treat fetuses in such cases as victims separate from their mothers, with all the rights of individuals. It would apply to federal crimes, which take place in areas such as national parks, military installations and Indian reservations, and would carry a sentence of up to life imprisonment. Washington Post, July 19, 2003; Page A02 



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