As a victim advocate, you will routinely support victims of crime through the criminal justice process. To better understand the psychology of victims and criminals, victim advocates must use critical thinking skills to compare victimology and criminology, identify relevant concerns, and train others to be more effective in their service to diverse populations.
Your agency is expanding its victim advocacy program and has invited candidates from multiple agencies to explore their potential for professional growth into these roles. Use information from victim advocacy resources to create a 1,050- to 1,400-word training guide as if you were a victim advocate hosting a workshop for prospective victim advocates.
Your training guide can be written in a format of your choice. Do the following in your training guide:
- Summarize the similarities and differences of victimology and criminology characteristics. Summarize the responsibilities of a victim advocate. Provide a reason explaining the importance of understanding psychology when studying victims and crime.
- Identify the certification process to become a victim advocate in the state you live in or in another state you are familiar with. Provide a list of the services offered by at least 3 victim advocacy resources from the geographic-area you selected and briefly summarize the services that they offer.
- Compare the functions of the victim advocate in a criminal matter involving an adult victim versus a minor. Note the special needs for victims of elder abuse and for child victims. Explain the role of the victim advocate in restorative justice.
- Identify at least 1 concern of the victim advocate when assisting each of the following populations:
- Victims of sexual offenses, domestic violence, and/or intimate partner violence
- Victims from the LGBTQ+ community
- Victims with intellectual disabilities
- Victims with physical disabilities
- Victims from other specific populations
Cite at least 3 victim advocacy resources from a specific geographic area in your guide.
Format citations and references according to APA guidelines.
Submit your assessment.
- Review the rubric for guidance on deliverable expectations.
- For examples of how to organize information in a training guide for victim advocates, preview the resources in the Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide on the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center section on the on the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice website.
- Refer to the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) for victim-advocate resources.
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