American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 589–609 | Cite as

Service Providers’ Knowledge and Perceptions of the Legal Service Needs of Crime Victims

  • Leana A. Bouffard
  • Matt R. Nobles
  • Amanda Goodson
  • Kadee Brinser
  • Maria Koeppel
  • Miner P. Marchbanks
  • Nandita Chaudhuri


Currently, there is an expansive body of victimization literature within the criminal justice field, which covers a number of essential topics such as victimization trends and patterns, short-and long-term effects of victimization, as well as specific effects of intimate partner violence and sexual assault victimization. Despite the variety of topics examined by empirical research, there is a noticeable lack of discourse pertaining to civil legal services for crime victims. This study is among the first to take a close look at civil legal services for victims by exploring three uncharted areas including: (a) service providers’ knowledge of civil legal services, (b) the legal needs of crime victims and available services, and (c) barriers between victims and accessing civil legal services. Using quantitative and qualitative data from interviews with service providers, policy implications and future research recommendations are discussed.


Legal services Accessibility of services Victimization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leana A. Bouffard
    • 1
  • Matt R. Nobles
    • 2
  • Amanda Goodson
    • 1
  • Kadee Brinser
    • 3
  • Maria Koeppel
    • 4
  • Miner P. Marchbanks
    • 5
  • Nandita Chaudhuri
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Criminology & Criminal JusticeSam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Criminal JusticeUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA
  3. 3.Department of Criminal JusticeKutztown UniversityKutztownUSA
  4. 4.Kansas Department of CorrectionsTopekaUSA
  5. 5.Public Policy Research InstituteTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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