Effectiveness of Victim Support Services: A Study on Victim Support Center in Dhaka
International Journal of Science, Technology and Society
Volume 8, Issue 3, May 2020, Pages: 44-52
Received: Feb. 23, 2020; Accepted: Mar. 18, 2020; Published: May 28, 2020
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Mahmuda Akter, Department of Criminology and Police Science, Faculty of Life Science, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Tangail, Bangladesh
Aktaruzzaman Shakil, Department of Criminology and Police Science, Faculty of Life Science, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Tangail, Bangladesh
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Abstract
Crime is deemed as an important strategic social problem in Bangladesh. Every day, large number of people, particularly women and children, of our country are becoming victims of various damned crimes including domestic violence, trafficking, acid burn, sexual harassment and rape. In this context, the present research focuses on the existing services and aids of victim support center in Bangladesh. This study based on in-depth interviews (12 case studies) from the victims and Key Informant Interview (5 KII) have been analyzed as enlisted in Victim Support Center (VSC) guided by Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). This study used Thematic analysis and shows the effectiveness of victim support services includes victim’s counseling, medical assistance, physical and financial supports. In our country the present system emphasis has been placed on the reduction of crime on offender-based strategies. Thus, contrary to the high crime rate and number of victims, very few services are available to the victims of crime and very little attention paid to victim’s services. Although compulsory, the necessity of providing professional support services to the victims of crime is relatively new in Bangladesh. Victim Support Centre (VSC) is providing services and aids for the protection of the victims of crime. The victim support service will continue to fight for victim support, victims’ rights, and legislation to further assist victims. Finally, this research recommends to take necessary measures for ensuring effective victim support service in Bangladesh.
Keywords
Victim, Victim Support Service, Victims’ Rights, Protection
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Mahmuda Akter, Aktaruzzaman Shakil, Effectiveness of Victim Support Services: A Study on Victim Support Center in Dhaka, International Journal of Science, Technology and Society. Vol. 8, No. 3, 2020, pp. 44-52. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsts.20200803.12
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