Taking Charge: Crisis Intervention in Criminal Justice

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Chapter 4
CRISIS INTERVENTION: THEORY AND PRACTICE
When someone helps a victim to restore control and order to his or her life, that person is intervening in the crisis. Therefore, the initial contact in a crisis situation is an important one. The person is most often under considerable tension and stress and will be very sensitive to the attitudes and reactions of the intervener. During this initial meeting an opportunity is presented to:
Observe the person in crisis (identification),
Assess the crisis situation and the amount of stress the person is experiencing (Investigation-Information gathering), and
Determine the ways in which the needs of the person will be met most efficiently (Intervention).

Upon encountering the crisis situation, the criminal justice intervener must reduce the impact of the crisis event and build a solid basis for the required steps of intervention. Since crises are very disorganizing, a good response tends to put organization back into the emergency environment. The intervener can be considered a consultant to a situation. This allows for the objective response of the intervener, which facilitates an overall assessment of the crisis.


THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERVENER

While one does not have to experience a crisis of a similar nature to be of assistance, the knowledge and understanding of crisis behavior and in-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Criminology and Penology ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables and Figures ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Introduction xvii
  • Chapter 1 an Integrated Approach to Crisis Intervention 1
  • SUMMARY 9
  • Chapter 2 Defining and Identifying Crisis 11
  • SUMMARY 27
  • Chapter 3 Communication in Crisis Situations 29
  • Chapter 4 Crisis Intervention: Theory and Practice 49
  • Chapter 5 Crisis Intervention with Victims 61
  • SUMMARY 74
  • Chapter 6 Specific Groups 77
  • Chapter 7 Victims of Violence 113
  • Chapter 8 Crisis Intervener Crises 157
  • Conclusion 167
  • Bibliography 169
  • Index 179
  • About the Author 184
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