"'New Directions from the Field: Victims' Rights and Services for the 21st Century' challenges the nation to renew and refocus its efforts to improve the treatment of victims of crime. It is the first comprehensive plan regarding how the nation should respond to crime victims since the 1982 President's Task Force on Victims of Crime identified the American justice system as 'appallingly out of balance,' and made 68 recommendations for how rights and services for crime victims in this nation could be substantially improved. New Directions highlights the progress and the momentous changes that have taken place across our nation's justice systems and in the private sector since the release of the 1982 report. It identifies hundreds of innovative public policy initiatives and community partnerships that are revolutionizing the treatment of crime victims in America today, and it recommends improvements that still need to be implemented on behalf of crime victims. Today only a fraction of the nation's estimated 38 million crime victims receive much-needed services such as emergency financial assistance, crisis and mental health counseling, shelter, and information and advocacy within the criminal and juvenile justice systems.This report presents more than 250 recommendations targeted to nearly every profession that comes in contact with crime victims- from justice practitioners, to victim service, health care, mental health, legal, educational, faith, news media, and business communities- and encourages them to redouble their efforts to enhance victims' rights and services. 'New Directions' was developed by the field, and its recommendations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Justice Department or the Office for Victims of Crime. In addition, all of the recommendations may not represent the views of every contributor, as over 1,000 individuals provided input into this document."
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