Police reporting and professional help seeking for child crime victims: a review.

Academic Article


  • Most crimes with child victims are not reported to police, nor do child victims access other professional victim services, despite evidence that these yield positive outcomes. This article develops a conceptual framework about the barriers to such access: (a) the reluctance to define the crime episodes or their consequences as serious, criminal, harmful, or warranting intervention; (b) the extra authorities, including parents and schools, who mediate between victims and police or services; (c) developmental issues, such as concerns about autonomy; (d) attitudinal and emotional obstacles; and (e) time and expense factors. This article suggests the need for initiatives to stimulate reporting and help seeking, such as more publicity about the seriousness of juvenile victimization, more justice-system involvement with schools, more child and family friendly police services, and an emphasis on attractive outcomes such as justice and empowerment.
  • Authors

  • Finkelhor, David
  • Wolak, J
  • Berliner, L
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • February 2001
  • Published In

  • Child Maltreatment  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Attitude to Health
  • Child
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Advocacy
  • Child Health Services
  • Crime Victims
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Mandatory Reporting
  • Mental Health Services
  • Models, Psychological
  • Motivation
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Police
  • Power, Psychological
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Justice
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 11217166
  • Start Page

  • 17
  • End Page

  • 30
  • Volume

  • 6
  • Issue

  • 1