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The section “Recent Challenges, Innovations, and Recommendations” updated. Bibliography expanded and revised.

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date: 14 December 2017

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Social workers provide services for crime victims and their families in a variety of settings, including law enforcement, the court systems, corrections, and parole or probation. This entry presents a historical overview of the types of victim-services programs and models that have been developed since the beginning of the 20th century. Social-work roles and interventions in victim-services programs are discussed. The need for specialized education and training in crisis intervention, domestic violence, and child abuse is addressed, along with recent challenges and innovations in the field of victim services.

Keywords: advocacy, victim services, victim and witness assistance, crisis intervention

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