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date: 03 December 2022

Victim Serviceslocked

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  • Karen S. KnoxKaren S. KnoxKaren Knox, Ph.D., LCSW is a Professor and the Field Coordinator for the School of Social Work at Texas State University-San Marcos, where she has taught since 1995. She has been a social worker for over thirty years, and her areas of clinical practice and scholarship are family violence, victim services, child abuse, sex offenders, forensic social work, gerontology, and international social work.


Social workers provide services for crime victims and their families in a variety of settings, including law enforcement, the court systems, corrections, and parole or probation. This entry presents a historical overview of the types of victim-services programs and models that have been developed since the beginning of the 20th century. Social-work roles and interventions in victim-services programs are discussed. The need for specialized education and training in crisis intervention, domestic violence, and child abuse is addressed, along with recent challenges and innovations in the field of victim services.


  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Populations and Practice Settings

Updated in this version

The section “Recent Challenges, Innovations, and Recommendations” updated. Bibliography expanded and revised.

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