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Victims of Crime: A Social Work Response: Building Skills To Strengthen Survivors

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Date Published
April 2006
0 pages
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This federally sponsored CD-ROM provides extensive materials for a training workshop, introducing social work practitioners and students to the field of crime victim assistance and the rights and services available to victims of crime.
This CD-ROM sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) provides a comprehensive training kit that teaches social work practitioners about the impact of violent crime on and the services and legal rights available to adult crime victims. It can be used as a continuing education workshop or as a stand-alone lesson for graduate or undergraduate social work class. The kit contains five components, all sponsored by OVC: (1) Introductory Workshop on Crime Victims' Rights and Services Trainer's Manual; (2) Introductory Workshop Participant's Manual; (3) Social Work Class Discussion Guide for the video "New Directions from the Field": Victims' Rights and Services for the 21st Century; (4) National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Chapter Replication Guide; and (5) "New Directions from the Field: Victims' Rights and Services for the 21st Century" flash video. The Trainer's Manual attempts to enhance professional social workers' response to adult victims and survivors of violent crime by describing biopsychosocial effects of violent crime, describing services available to victims and survivors, identifying rights of victims, and understanding the role of victim impact statements. The Discussion Guide is an accompaniment to the video itself and provides a brief history of the victim assistance field and discusses the three segments of the video: implementing victims' rights, providing access to services, and continuing education and training. The Replication Guide assists the NASW chapters in implementing their own versions of the Victims of Crime: A Social Work Response Project. The goal of the project is to enhance the capacity of professional social workers to respond to adult victims of violent crimes.

Date Published: April 1, 2006