Adjusting the Balance: Federal Policy and Victim Services

Adjusting the Balance: Federal Policy and Victim Services

by Susan Freinkel, Steven R. Smith

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Overview

This books offers a unique comparative perspective on the development of service programs for victims of four major violent crimes: child abuse, spouse abuse, rape, and crimes against the elderly. The study analyzes the evolution of federal policy in each area and examines the ways in which federal initiatives and federal funding affected the focus and financial stability of victim service programs. This book argues that the four issues were profoundly affected by the public policy process, the varied definition of the issues shaped by ways in which public funding was distributed. The book takes a broad view of the policymaking process—to include all branches of the federal government, as well as state and local government, the courts, and voluntary grass-roots organizations.

This books offers a unique comparative perspective on the development of service programs for victims of four major violent crimes: child abuse, spouse abuse, rape, and crimes against the elderly. The study analyzes the evolution of federal policy in each area and examines the ways in which federal initiatives and federal funding affected the focus and financial stability of victim service programs. This book argues that the four issues were profoundly affected by the public policy process, the varied definition of the issues shaped by ways in which public funding was distributed. The book takes a broad view of the policymaking process—to include all branches of the federal government, as well as state and local government, the courts, and voluntary grass-roots organizations. While offering concrete information about four specific victims' policies, the book also presents very important theoretical generalizations about the policymaking process and about the effect, over time, of that process on the definition and articulation of social problems in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313253058
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/13/1988
Series: Contributions in Political Science Series , #19
Pages: 225
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

STEVEN RATHGEB SMITH is an Assistant Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

SUSAN FREINKEL is a journalist with The Wichita Eagle-Beacon in Wichita, Kansas.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Laurence E. Lynn, Jr.

Introduction

The Victim in Perspective

Child Abuse

Rape

Crimes Against the Elderly

Spouse Abuse

Conclusion

Selected Bibliography

Index

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