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Victim advocates: A rapid evidence assessment

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Overview

This report used a rapid evidence assessment approach to collate and assess the strength of the existing evidence base on advocacy interventions provided to victims of crime in England, Wales and other jurisdictions.

The report found that advocates deliver benefits for crime victims, as well as the criminal justice professionals they work alongside. An example of this is the trust that advocates build with victims which can, over time, be extended to other professionals involved in a victims’ case. The report concludes by highlighting some of the beneficial elements of these advocacy interventions that could be taken forward in future victim advocacy models, as well as issues highlighted in the previous literature that should be considered further.