Predictors of engagement with support services in a sample of UK victims of violent crime.

Lowe, Michelle orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-9649-4938, Willan, Victoria Jane orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-0023-7679, Khan, Roxanne orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-3485-2450, Brooks, Matthew orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-5469-7769, Robinson, Phaedra, Graham-Kevan, Nicola orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0621-3093, Stokes, Rachel, Irving, May, Karwacka, Marta et al (2016) Predictors of engagement with support services in a sample of UK victims of violent crime. British Journal of Community Justice, 13 (3). pp. 21-34. ISSN 1475-0279

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Research suggests that engagement with support services after criminal victimisation is low. With this in mind, this study investigated predictors of engagement with Victim Support, in a sample of victims of violent crime. All violent crimes recorded by Lancashire Constabulary for two postcode areas (PR1 and PR2), who were referred to Victim Support (Preston) between April 2013 and September 2013 (n=869) were assessed, with a follow-up undertaken in 2014. Two percent of victims booked or attended a face-to-face meeting with Victim Support, and just over one fifth engaged over the telephone on at least one occasion across a range of support options at the initial data collection point. Engagement with Victim Support was not significantly related to future victimisation. When revictimisation since the first data collection period was inspected against demographic and crime-related variables, previous victimisation, regardless of the type of crime experienced, was the strongest predictor of being victimised again. This was despite the fact that such victims were more likely to be identified as high risk, and actively engaged with Victim Support at the initial time of victimisation. Suggestions for further research are made in light of the changes generally to victim services in the UK.

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