The Effects on Victims of Victim Service Programs Funded by the STOP Formula Grants Program

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The Effects on Victims of Victim Service Programs Funded by the STOP Formula Grants Program

Abstract

The purpose of this evaluation was to assess whether STOP's financial support for direct victim services offered through private nonprofit agencies helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault improve their safety and well-being, and work successfully with legal system and other relevant agencies. Results show that women benefit from services of private nonprofit victim service agencies and the benefit of these services is enhanced when victim service agencies work in collaboration with the legal system and other relevant agencies in their community. When community agencies worked together to address domestic violence and sexual assault, women found them to be more helpful and effective and were more satisfied with the treatment they received from the legal system and their case outcomes. Legal system outcomes of arrests and convictions also happened more frequently when community agencies worked together.

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