Section 5: Strategies for Applying the Victim–Centered Approach
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Note: As an alternative to this type of “quiz,” you can invite participants to share one new thing that they learned or one point that they will be taking away from the training.

Note: The “typical response” question is kind of a trick question – there is none, but someone may point to the different theories like Rape Trauma Syndrome or Child Abuse Accommodation Theory. Make the distinction between the way the theories describe a possible range or pattern of response and a typical response. If you are not comfortable with this kind of question, you are free to skip it.

We’ve covered a lot of information during the course of this training, including information about the impact of sexual assault on victims and those closest to them, the various types of victim advocates in your communities and the unique support they can offer, and some of the critical issues to consider as you begin to work more closely with victims and victim advocates. All of this information is valuable and can help you build effective partnerships with victims and victim advocates in your community to enhance the effective supervision of sex offenders. Before we close, let’s take a few minutes to review some of the key points of this training.

Trainer QuestionWhat is a victim–centered approach?

Trainer QuestionWhat is the value of a victim–centered approach?

Trainer QuestionWho are victim advocates and what do they do?

Trainer QuestionWho are the victims of sexual assault? What are some of the things we know about them?

Trainer QuestionWhat is a typical response to sexual assault?

Trainer QuestionWhat are some things that will influence someone’s response to being sexually assaulted?

Trainer QuestionWhat are victims’ needs in terms of their involvement with us or with the criminal justice system in general?

Note: Encourage participants to fill out written evaluations. You can also invite participants to respond verbally to what they liked about the training and what they would have liked to have done differently. Write their responses on a flip chart as a way of acknowledging their comments.

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We hope that this training has given you some new information to consider in your work managing sex offenders, as well as some strategies for thinking about how to apply this information to the practices in your community, to the extent that you believe it would be helpful and appropriate. We encourage you to complete your victim services inventory and your action plan, and, if you do not already have relationships with the advocates in your community, to take the first steps in building those relationships. If there are challenges or obstacles that you face in trying to do more to involve victims or victim advocates, we hope that you are leaving with some new ideas about how to overcome them. Given our discussions today, we are now all in a position where we can ask ourselves and/or those we work with, “How will what we are doing, or how will the decision we just made, impact a victim?”

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