Support Services for Victims
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The victims most frequently targeted first for programs of assistance are sexual-assault victims, domestic-violence victims, and children. Indeed, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) specifically names these groups as priority service recipients. Although there is universal recognition that these types of victims often have special and urgent problems and needs-and have long been subjected to a kind of malignant neglect by society-there is a growing acknowledgment by . practitioners that other types of victims also have compelling needs, including relatives of homicide victims and persons who suffer catastrophic physical injury, to name two obvious examples.