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Victims' Rights Laws in the United States

Author: National Victim Assistance Academy

Course Created: 2004

Practice Level: Beginner to Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 3 hours
3.9 out of 4.0, Based on: 7 reviews

Course Summary

This continuing education domestic violence course looks at the history of victims' rights including victims' basic rights and the legal enforcement of victims' rights laws.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF or Word) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

  • Evolution of Victims’ Rights in the United States
  • Major Categories of Victims’ Rights Laws
  • Right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Right to information and referral.
  • Right to notification.
  • Right to be present.
  • Right to be heard.
  • Right to reasonable protection from intimidation and harm.
  • Right to restitution.
  • Right to apply for compensation (for violent crime victims).
  • Right to speedy proceedings.
  • Special rights and protections.
  • Strategies to Strengthen Victims' Rights
  • Legal Enforcement Efforts
  • The Role of Victim Advocates in Ensuring that Victims Receive Their Rights

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the ways victim notification is generally provided.
  • Describe types of victim impact statements.
  • Identify the oldest victim right.
  • Describe requirements for victim compensation programs.


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