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This collection includes tools developed by researchers and practitioners to collect data and conduct research with crime victims and victim services. Tools include focus group protocols, survey instruments, interview protocols, and logic models.
- ItemConceptual Model for Victim Legal Services(Justice Research and Statistics Association, 2021)This tool came out of a collaboration between the Justice Research and Statistics Association and the National Crime Victim Law Institute. The purpose of this tool is to to measure “success” in the delivery of legal services to crime victims and to help practitioners design and deliver more effective programs. The research team collaborated with a group of victim legal service professionals and survivors to define a conceptual framework that delineates the types of services provided by legal service agencies, the desired short-term program outcomes and long-term objectives, as well as a theory of change for why the services provided are expected to lead to the desired outcomes. The conceptual model was pilot tested with three victims’ rights enforcement clinics. (Author Text).
- ItemREAGERA-S (Responding to Elder Abuse in GERiAtric care - Self-administered(Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 2020) Simmons, Johanna; Wiklund, Nicolina; Ludvigsson, Mikael; Nägga, Katarina; Swahnberg, KatarinaScreening for experiences of elder abuse and life-time abuse in older adults. The instrument includes 9 brief questions (dichotomous yes or no answers) about experiences of abuse and one question to evaluate current suffering. The instrument is ‘self-administered’ and it is therefore the older adults themselves who is asked to fill in the form. As a user, you undertake a subjective assessment to determine whether the person who is to fill in the form has sufficiently high cognitive function and sufficient linguistic ability to understand the questions. If the older adult has difficulty reading and filling in the form, for example because of a visual impairment, it is also possible to read the questions aloud to them. If the older adult gives an affirmative answer to any of the questions in REAGERA-S, it is very important that this is followed up with a conversation about what he or she has experienced and that any requirements in terms of help and support are identified. It is not possible to determine how serious the abuse was, or whether the person is currently suffering because of it, by only looking at the answers on the form. This is because REAGERA-S has a lifetime perspective and captures both serious and less serious forms of abuse. This instrument was developed as a part of the REAGERA (Responding to Elder Abuse in GERiAtric care) project in Linköping, Sweden. It has been validated among patients (age 65 and older) admitted to a hospital in Sweden and using an interview as the gold standard. The original language is Swedish but the instrument has been translated to English by a professional translator and then backtranslated into Swedish (Author Abstract).
- ItemResilience Portfolio Questionnaire manual: Scales for Youth(Life Paths Research Center, 2018) Hamby, Sherry; Taylor, Elizabeth; Smith, Alli; Blount, ZachThis portfolio contains a variety of scales that look at can be used to assess the overall wellbeing of youth in response to experiencing events. Common measures of resilience focus on a since element of resilience. Adverse events measured include various forms of victimization and witnessing violence. Protective factors as social support are included, as are measures of common consequences of experiencing trauma. The authors either created or modified instruments to contribute to developing a holistic measure of resilience and to create instruments that could be used by youth. To further the second goal, the wording and structure of existing questions was change in some cases to make these instruments easier to read and use, making them more appropriate for use with younger individuals. (CVR Abstract).
- ItemNational Elder Mistreatment Study Telephone Interview(United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, 2018) Acierno, RonThis study was a follow up study to the National Elder Mistreatment Study (NEMS) conducted eight years after the original study. The goal of this study was to examine the relationship between experiencing elder abuse and negative outcomes. This is one of the first prospective studies on the impact of elder abuse. Negative health outcomes such as depression, anxiety and poor overall physical health. The study also looked at protective factors such as social support and the ability of these factors to minimize negative consequences of abuse. The NEMS was the largest nationally representative study of elder abuse conducted. In this eight year follow-up, all respondents who reported experiencing elder abuse at Wave one and a random sample of those who had not experienced abuse at Wave I were contacted for participation in the Wave II study. The aim was to develop risk ratios for the negative consequences of elder mistreatment. Of the victims from the original NEMS, 183 victims of elder mistreatment and 752 non victims participated in the Wave II study. (CVRL Abstract). [CVRL Note]: This instrument is also available in Spanish.
- ItemPartner Victimization Scale (PVS)(Life Paths Appalachian Research Program, 2013) Hamby, SherryThe issue of gender and intimate partner violence has been a topic of controversy for many years. A number of scales have been created to measure IPV, but results related to gender are inconsistent. The PVS is an alternative to scales traditionally used to measure IPV where the ways in which questions are worded is considered. Gendered patterns of IPV found using the PVS mirror findings based on police data, while other measures of IPV do not. Other scales result in a number of false positive because of a lack of context provided by questions. Background and Development: How and why this instrument was developed. The partner victimization scale was designed to address methodological issues in self-report IPV studies that have led to inconsistent findings about the relationship between gender and IPV. Studies show the PVS has strong reliability and validity. (CVR Abstract).