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Introductory Workshop Participant Manual

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Date Published
February 2006
18 pages
This participant manual presents an outline for an introductory workshop on how social workers can assist adult victims of crime and survivors of violent crime, a component of the Victims of Crime: A Social Work Response project.
The participant manual is divided into five sections: (1) welcoming and introductory statements; (2) the biopsychological effects of violent crime; (3) crime victims' rights; (4) next steps for social work; and (5) a summary and wrap-up. The welcoming and introductory statements made in section 1 describe the goal of the workshop and its objectives, which include the provision of knowledge concerning the effects of violent crime on victims, the services available to crime victims, the rights of crime victims, and the role of victim impact statements (VIS). Section 2 outlines the biopsychological effects of violent crime and includes discussions of victims' common reactions to crime and crisis intervention issues, such as the need for victims to feel safe and to be aware of secondary victimization issues. The DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder is outlined and the eight stages of services that victims need are identified, which include an emergency response, victim stabilization, and support during precourt and court appearances. Also outlined in the second section are victim resiliency issues and how special populations deal with victimization. Section 3 discusses crime victims' rights, which vary from State to State, but generally incorporate speedy trial provisions, protection from intimidation and harassment, and notification of offender's release. Crime victims' rights in Texas are focused on as an example of specific crime victims' rights. VISs are also discussed in this section. Section 4 moves on to a brief discussion of the next steps for social work in terms of meeting the needs of crime victims, including advice to practice universal screening and support increased funding for victim programs. Section 5 offers a summary and wrap-up that focuses on the ability of social workers to contribute to the recovery of victims of crime. Resources for additional information are presented. Annotated bibliography