When crimes are commited, there are often someone who is the victim of the crime. While most feel remorse for the crime they commited against someone, often the victims need support as well. Restorative Justice approach has been one of the tools to help not only the offender but the victims of the crime as well. Crime hurts but Justice should be a part of the healing.
Crimes can occur anywhere at any time, and affect anyone. And when crimes do happen, they leave victims in a state of disbelief and vulnerability. Crime threatens people’s safety and security, and in some cases challenges their faith. Pathways to Healing examines the basic stages of crisis and guides you through the process to reach out to those who are hurting.
Pathway to Healing: A Guide to Helping Victims of Crime
This is not soft-on-crime, feel-good philosophy, but rather a concrete effort to bring justice and healing to everyone involved in a crime. In The Little Book of Restorative Justice, Zehr first explores how restorative justice is different from criminal justice. Then, before letting those appealing observations drift out of reach into theoretical space, Zehr presents Restorative Justice practices. Zehr undertakes a massive and complex subject and puts it in graspable from, without reducing or trivializing it.
Little Book on Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr
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Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers Victims have statutory rights that begin the moment a crime is committed against them. Ideally, victims would be fully informed of their rights at every step in the process: at the time the crime is reported, during the justice process, while the offender is incarcerated, and when the offender reenters the community. Different criminal justice stakeholders are responsible for victim services at different stages of this process. National Institute of Corrections’ project, “Post-Conviction Victim Service Providers” will focus on victim services, such as corrections, reentry, parole, and probation, that occur after an offender has been convicted, and it will provide resources and information for those working in this important, but rarely recognized, area of corrections. This annotated bibliography was developed in an effort to provide current and useful information to professionals working in and with the criminal justice system regarding services that are provided to victims of crime. Sections include: general resources; confidentiality; evidence based practice (EBP); juveniles; notification; parole and parole boards; policies and legal issues; restitution; safety planning; social media; statistics and data; victim impact; victim offender communication, dialogue, and mediation; victim rights; victim support and services; and related websites.
Victims of Identity Theft
This report details the number, percentage, and demographic characteristics of victims who experienced one or more incidents of identity theft during a 12-month period.
Options for Victims This bulletin provides information to guide victims as they decide what to do after a crime, how to seek justice through the courts, and available resources.
National Center for Victims of Crime
Through collaboration with local, state, and federal partners, the National Center:
- Advocates for stronger rights, protections and services for crime victims
- Provides education, training and evaluation
- Serves as a trusted source of current information on victims’ issues
Financial Support for Victims of Crime: A Quick Guide for Corrections and Community Supervision Officers
This brief outlines the roles and ways in which can be used to inform victims of the supports to which they are entitled and how they can pursue restitution, compensation, or other means of financial support. In the case of restitution—where victims are repaid directly by the person who committed the crime against them—repayment establishes a sense of accountability for the person who committed the crime by creating a concrete link between the offense and the harm caused to the victim.
The Vision 21 initiative is the first comprehensive assessment of the victim assistance field in nearly 15 years. It provides a foundation for real change in the role of victim services.
The National Center for Victims of Crime offers Get Help Bulletins. These Bulletins provide basic information on a wide range of crime victim topics to increase awareness of the consequences of victimization and the options and resources available to help victims.
The Vicatrious Trauma Toolkit (VTT) was developed on the premise that exposure to the traumatic experiences of other people—known as vicarious trauma—is an inevitable occupational challenge for the fields of victim services, corrections and chaplains; however, organizations can mitigate the potentially negative effects of trauma exposure by becoming vicarious trauma-informed.
The VTT includes tools and resources tailored specifically to these fields that provide the knowledge and skills necessary for organizations to address the vicarious trauma needs of their staff.
Exclusive Members Content
The following articles with recent data from the National Center for Victims of Crime are found in the Members Section of the CMCA Website.
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