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Detroit Area Agency on Aging has contracted with Wayne State University’s Center for Social Work Practice and Policy Research for a provider enhancement project that would build the knowledge and skills of older adult service provider staff in the Detroit area to meet the challenges they face in serving their client population.  It is the goal of DAAA to help their partners provide quality services and utilize business strategies to increase revenues needed to serve a growing aging population.  The target groups for this project are organizations funded by DAAA to provide Adult Day Services, Senior Centers and Community-based organizations.

The Center for Social Work Practice and Policy Research has designed a multi-pronged approach to build capacity for services and organizational development among these organizations. Using data from several assessment strategies conducted with target groups, WSU identified two areas of need in order for providers to meet the expectations of the DAAA  objectives for growth: strategic alignment planning and business planning. Sessions are being held to assess priorities and introduce steps, along with the provision  of extended technical assistance,  that will help the service provider networks build their capacity to meet the challenges of "2020."

For more on the Detroit Area Agency on Aging Service Provider Enhancement Project, click here


Why rape survivors participate in the criminal justice system PDF Print E-mail
Violence, Victims and Corrections - Journal Article

Patterson, D., & Campbell, R. (2010). Why rape survivors participate in the criminal justice system. Journal of Community Psychology, 38(2), 191-205.

After a rape, survivors may seek help from multiple community organizations including the criminal justice system (CJS). Research has found that few survivors report their assaults to the police and of those who do report, many withdraw their participation during the investigation.

However, relatively little is known about the factors that lead survivors to participate in the CJS, and how other community services provided by forensic nurses or victim advocates may also help encourage survivor engagement. In the current study, 20 survivors who reported their victimizations to police within a large Midwest county were interviewed about the factors that influenced their involvement in the CJS. Further, we examined the role that the police, forensic nurses, and victim advocates played in their participation. Using qualitative analyses, our findings suggest that informal supports hold a strong role in the reporting process and formal supports are influential in survivors’ engagement in the investigational process.

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