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Childhood VictimizationViolence, Crime, and Abuse in the Lives of Young People$
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David Finkelhor

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195342857

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342857.001.0001

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The Juvenile Victim Justice System: A Concept for Helping Victims

The Juvenile Victim Justice System: A Concept for Helping Victims

(p.148) Chapter 8 The Juvenile Victim Justice System: A Concept for Helping Victims
Childhood Victimization

David Finkelhor

Oxford University Press

This chapter proposes the idea for a de facto juvenile victim justice system, a complex set of agencies and institutions that responds to juvenile victims of crime and violence, including both child maltreatment and conventional crime. It offers a schematic model of that system and tries to quantify the case flow through its various components. The model also highlights the activities of the system most likely to have consequential impacts on victims. It argues that more professionals are needed who understand the system in its entirety, not just their own agency role, and who can help guide victims, families, and other professionals through its complexities. More efforts are also needed to integrate and rationalize the system, particularly through information exchange among its components.

Keywords:   child welfare system, child protection, substantiation, arrest, prosecution, child maltreatment, conventional crime, case flow, agency role

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