Presentation on theme: "The Role of the Victim and Victim Advocate in Managing Sex Offenders Section 1: Introduction."— Presentation transcript:
The Role of the Victim and Victim Advocate in Managing Sex Offenders Section 1: Introduction
Section 1: Introduction2 Overview of Curriculum zIntroduction zUnderstanding Sexual Assault from a Victim’s Perspective zWorking with Victim Advocates zEnhancing Victim Involvement in Sex Offender Management zStrategies for Applying the Victim- Centered Approach
Section 1: Introduction3 Training Goals To provide an overview of: zWhat is meant by a victim-centered approach to the management of sex offenders in the community; zThe impact sexual assault can have on its victims; zThe rationale for and the benefits of involving victims and victim advocates in sex offender management; and zSome of the ways that those involved in sex offender management – including victims and victim advocates – can effectively collaborate.
Section 1: Introduction4 Learning Objectives Participants will be able to describe: zThe benefits of involving victims and victim advocates in sex offender management; and zThe three dimensions of a victim-centered approach to sex offender management.
Section 1: Introduction5 Why Are We Here? Preventing re-offense: You can’t do it alone!
Section 1: Introduction6 zMore information about offenders’ patterns of offending and modus operandi; zMore information about offenders’ history; zInput on release planning and setting conditions of supervision; zBetter, more specific and accurate treatment and supervision plans; and zHelp in monitoring offenders. How Do We Benefit?
Section 1: Introduction7 How Do Victims and Victim Advocates Benefit? zTheir safety and information needs more consistently and thoroughly met; zOpportunities to provide input that could help to more effectively understand and manage the offender; and zOpportunities to collaborate on activities and initiatives that could help to prevent future victimization.
Section 1: Introduction8 Premises of Sex Offender Management zRequires multi-disciplinary collaboration. zVictim and community safety are paramount and should be placed at the forefront of sex offender management strategies.
Section 1: Introduction9 Victim-Centered Approach as a Philosophy zBroaden our lens to include victims and victims advocates, not just the offender; zRecognize the ongoing risk offenders pose to the safety of victims and the community; and zLook to victims and victim advocates to inform our policies and strategies.
Section 1: Introduction10 Victim-Centered Approach as a Method zReframe the questions that guide decisionmaking to consider the impact on victims; zBroaden our multi-disciplinary approach to sex offender management to include victim advocates; and zSeek out victim input to inform strategies.
Section 1: Introduction11 Conclusion zQuestions Coming up next: zUnderstanding Sexual Assault from a Victim’s Perspective; zWorking with Sexual Assault Victim Advocates; zEnhancing Victim Involvement in Sex Offender Management; and zStrategies for Applying the Victim-Centered Approach.