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History of the Crime Victims' Rights Movement in the United States

Author: National Victim Assistance Academy

Course Created: 2004

Practice Level: Beginner to Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 3 hours
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Course Summary

This domestic violence continuing education course reviews the influence of ancient legal and social codes on today’s victims’ movement and provides an overview of movements that were precursors of the crime victims’ movement. The six stages of the movement are then delineated. Finally, the major milestones at both the federal and state level are summarized.

Course Format

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Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Early Legal Codes
  • United States Law
  • Emerging Social Movements
  • Historical Stages of the Victims’ Rights Movement
  • Landmark Federal Legislation
    • Learning Objectives

      • Discuss the early legal codes.
      • Describe the foundation of American criminal law.
      • Describe the establishment of the first women's shelter.
      • Describe the concept of second victimization.


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