Violent Crime Essay

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Violent crimes are offenses which involve force or threat of force, and are categorized into four different groups/categories: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The prevalence and seriousness of violent crimes have fluctuated over time according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, however they continue to plague our society. Statistics show a small decline in many violent crimes, e.g. domestic violence, sexual assault, hate crimes, violent crimes at school, etc. but this may be due to non reporting and other factors. Violent crimes are complex and must be handled in skilled and tactful manor to ensure justice for individuals who have been victimized.

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Reuters reports that violent crimes including murders fell 4.4 percent in 2013 to their lowest number since the 1970s, continuing a decades-long downturn, according to the FBI. (Simpson, 2014). Programs and policies such as, but not limited to; court supervised community-based outpatient drug treatment and case management services to felony drug offenders, various advocacy interventions which aim to empower women who have experienced intimate partner violence and link them to helpful services in the community, Family functioning interventions which seek to improve life for at risk individuals, and hot spots policing strategies that are used with the police force which focus on small geographic areas or places, usually in urban settings, where crime is concentrated. (Ahlstrom,Havighurst, 1982)

Included are two major national studies commissioned by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) who were funded from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). A vast range of advocates, policymakers, program administrators, service providers, and researchers, were included in the study in attempt to examine crime victims’ needs for services. In a study conducting surveys and interviews it is reported that many victims of violent crimes do not access formal victims programs, and often issues go unaddressed creating gaps in the provision of victims rights and advocacy (Newmark,

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