Section 1: Introduction
1 Hour, 25 Minutes

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I hope that this introduction has provided a clear understanding of why jurisdictions are adopting a victim–centered approach to sex offender management, and why we feel it is important to spend this time talking about victims, victim advocates, and the role they can play in effective sex offender management.

Does anyone have any questions about what we have discussed so far?

At this point you may be thinking about how this approach may or may not work in your jurisdiction, or how what you’ve heard can help you improve already existing policies of including victims and victim advocates in the management of sex offenders. In the next section, we will talk about some of your past experiences with victims and victim advocates and see what lessons we can derive from those experiences. We will also discuss the field of victim advocacy.

The third section of this curriculum will cover what we know about adult, child, and familial victims—who they are, what their experiences are like, and what impact sexual assault can have on their lives. The more we can understand about the perspective of victims and victim advocates, the more effective we can be in bringing their valuable perspective into our work on sex offender management.

In the fourth section, we will discuss practical ideas for integrating victims and victim advocates into your sex offender management strategy.

Finally, we will talk about where you are in your jurisdiction in terms of your work with victims and victim advocates, and either how to get started in moving toward a victim–centered approach or, if you have already started, how to improve on what you already have.

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