Community Policing and Victim Services in Texas
(2011) Willard M. Oliver
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The Crime Victims Bill of Rights, which was added to our Constitution in 1989, provides victims of crime among other things with the right to be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity throughout the criminal justice process. District attorneys offices and law enforcement agencies are required to have a person designated as a victim services provider. In smaller or more rural jurisdictions the persons designated to serve victims may also have other responsibilities. Victim services are often limited due to insufficient funds, staff, and understanding. These limitations are not always related to the service providers themselves.