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Victim Assistance - Role of citizens and NGOs

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Namita Ravindran

on 16 March 2011

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Victim Assistance - Role of Citizens & NGOs What do they do after crime? Seeking justice through courts
Criminal Justice System
Civil Justice System
Protective Order
Resources to help the victim Victim Compensation Shelter Safety Planning Support
Group Rights of Victims Right to Be Treated with Dignity, Respect, and Sensitivity
Right to Attend Criminal Proceedings
Right to be heard Right to be The arrest and arrangement of the offender Bail Proceedings Pretrial Proceedings Dismissal of charges Plea Negotiations Trial Sentencing Appeals Probation or parole hearings Release or escape of the offender Right to protection Police escorts Witness Protection Programs Relocation Restraining orders Right to Compensation Medical and Counseling expenses Lost wages Funeral expenses Right to
Restitution from
the Offender Medical and counseling expenses Lost wages Property loss Insurance deductibles Right to Prompt Right to a Speedy Trial Right to Enforcement of There are a few organizations that help Victims with points mention. A few we are going to discuss are NOVA VAONLINE Pratidhi Bachpan Bachao Andolan Rights of Victims Foundation of India PCVC Not Above the Law (NATL) Victim Support New Zealand Victim Support Scotland Victim Support England NOVA The National Organization for Victim Assistance is a private, non-profit organization of victim and witness assistance programs and practitioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services. Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national group of its kind in the worldwide victims’ movement. NOVA’s mission is to promote rights and services for victims of crime and crisis everywhere. VAONLINE Victim Assistance Online is non-profit information that specialises in research and networking resource for victim assistance specialists, professionals in related disciplines and all interested in the field of victimology. Research, review and publish link directories and a virtual library More than 3000 links to organizations, agencies and services around the world. Maintain a number regional and international Contact Networks of victim assistance staff and related professionals Link together more than 600 organizations, agencies and educational institutions in 28 countries Indian Organizations Inner Body This organization gives tips about how to help assist victims of crime This site aims at converting citizens to Victim assistants According to this organization 7 points are crucial in becoming a victim assistant. They are as follows Aptitude Basic Qualification Education Salary & Outlook Finding openings Training Exams Bachpan Bachao Andolan Rights of Victims of India Foundation NATL Provide direct services and resources to victims of crime across the country Advocate for laws and public policies that secure rights, resources, and protections for crime victims Provide information on a wide range of topics, including the impact of crime, victims' rights, and the criminal and civil justice processes Deliver training and technical assistance to victim service organizations, counselors, attorneys, criminal justice agencies, and allied professionals serving victims of crime Foster cutting-edge thinking about the impact of crime and the ways in which each of us can help victims of crime rebuild their lives Pratidhi provides direct holistic assistance to the victims with a view eventually to their social, psychological and economic rehabilitation. Done mainly through medical and psychological inputs and other supportive referral services The direct assistance programmes of the agency can be broadly classified into the following categories :- a) Health b) Education c) Counselling d) EconomicRehabilitation e) Financial Assistance f ) Legal Aid and Guidance g) Shelter Works with child victims of slavery, bonded labour, child labour and trafficking, including those pushed into hazardous and dangerous illicit occupations and other forms of exploitation. They provide all necessary legal, judicial, administrative and psycho-social welfare to the child. The Hon. Chief Justice of Supreme Court has directed for an opening of an All India Legal Aid Cell at the BBA central office, New Delhi The objective is to realise the constitutional ideal of equality and justice to every child where every child has access to physical, social, psychological, moral and spiritual development. They work in 4 stages. They are 1) Identification 2) Rescue 3) Post Rescue 4) Follow up The International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care is a non-profit organization that was set up in response to a need for a support agency for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Our services include crisis management, legal advocacy, support and resource services. PCVC's overarching goal is to provide both emotional and practical support structures for women with abusive partners. They have a no. of programs such as (Not Above The Law) Founded by Advocates who are Qualified, and Available to Provide the Following Assistance to Victims of Crime They mainly provide legal services such as Assistance with Completing Crime Victims' Compensation Applications (CVC's) Civil Advocacy Court Accompaniment Crisis Intervention Counseling Information & Referral Sources Legal Advocacy Victimology Presentations & Training Professional Consultants Victim Support, NZ Victim Support, England Victim Support, Scotland International Organizations Victim Assistance Coordinating Council, USA An organisation that helps people hurt by crime and other trauma Volunteers use their life experience, training and skills to support people in their community dealing with some of life's greatest challenges They provide emotional and practical support, information, financial assistance, referral to other support services and advocacy for victims' rights Victim Support's 1000+ volunteers and 130 paid staff are available 24/7, 365 days of the year in over 70 locations throughout New Zealand Victim Support is an independent charitable trust that works closely with the NZ Police. Victim Support Scotland has had charitable status since August 1985 and was established as an independent company limited by guarantee in 1989 It is the leading organisation in Scotland providing emotional support and practical assistance to all victims of crime The community based Victim Service exists in all local authority areas in Scotland These were separate charities but moved to one charity with Victim Support Scotland on 1st July 2007 Trained volunteers and staff deliver services to victims of crime, working to national standards for these services Victim Support is the independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales They were set up 35 years ago and have grown to become the oldest and largest victims' organisation in the world Every year, they contact over 1.5 million people after a crime to offer their help They have thousands of specially-trained volunteers to deliver their services Although they work closely with the police and other parts of the criminal justice system, they are an independent charity The Victim Assistance Coordinating Council (VACC) is a San Diego based community nonprofit umbrella organization VACC is dedicated to providing better services to victims through the collaborative cooperation of our members from law enforcement, local government, medical and mental health agencies, and other victim service providers VACC is especially involved in educating the community about the plight and special needs of crime victims Latest News on Victim Assistance Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) The archbishop of Philadelphia has suspended 21 priests accused of sexually abusing children, and expressed sadness for victims. But some who support those victims would like to see more done. A support group for the victims is urging Philadelphia Catholic officials to fire some of the church staff mentioned in a recent grand jury report. David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has called on Cardinal Justin Rigali to remove the people the church relied on to deal with victims.

"The grand jury was very clear and very harsh in their assessment of these individuals,” said Clohessy. “They essentially betrayed already deeply wounded individuals by violating their privacy and their confidence in giving information about them to church defense lawyers, which is simply unconscionable."

Clohessy said the perception that the “victims’ assistance coordinators” have betrayed others may stop some victims from coming forward. THANK YOU! Namita Nalini
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