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Intense media interest and competition for stories relating to crime is more profound than ever before.
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News media often play an important positive role in advancing public safety and crime control.
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But the intense competition that’s part of the effort, along with the insensitivity of some journalists, can result in disaster for victims of crime.
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This program examines how the news media cover crime and victimization, what can be done to help victims deal with the coverage, and how victim service providers can work together to promote timely, sensitive coverage.
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Office for Victims of Crime
Advocating for the Fair Treatment of Crime Victims
The News Media’s Coverage of Crime and Victimization