Victim Advocacy

Prior to your graduation from AIU, you have been working as the Victims’ Assistant Advocate for the office of the local county prosecutor. You have a great working relationship with the prosecutor, Mary, and the remainder of the office. Normally, when you speak, the staff and the prosecutor know that you are speaking from a knowledge base that you have gained from personal experience, research, and reading, so they know that your comments are facts. You use APA format to cite your sources for this project.

You have decided to speak with the prosecutor, Mary, on behalf of Maureen, a college student who was a sexual assault victim (date rape). You want to convince Mary to support a change in the prosecutor’s policy of not prosecuting sexual assault (date rape) cases when drugs or alcohol is involved. Mary has a strict policy: When someone wants to speak with her about changing an established policy, she wants the person to submit a PowerPoint presentation that outlines his or her argument for the policy change prior to meeting her. This way she feels that she is not blind-sided, and that she has an opportunity to research the topic prior to the meeting.

You follow her policy and prepare a 10 to 15-slide PowerPoint presentation, hoping that you can persuade Mary and the chief prosecutor to change their policy or, at a minimum, meet with you for a discussion about changing the policy. Maureen knows that other young women are being attacked and that often drugs are used.

Mary has agreed to review your PowerPoint presentation, which includes video links.

  • Educate Mary about sexual assault (date rape) cases, statistics and date rape drugs.
  • Explain why not prosecuting the cases is the wrong public and social policy. Provide crime statistics reported by Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) relating to rape and the strengths and weaknesses of each type of reporting.
  • Define the term date rape (or acquaintance rape; the terms are interchangeable) and how date rape is distinguished from stranger rape, statutory rape, and spousal rape.
  • List the types and uses of date rape drugs.
  • Describe the victim–offender relationship, including the following:
    • How victims are viewed by perpetrators of date rape.
    • The special problems of date rape prosecutions.
    • How society and jurors may view date rape (e.g., blaming the victim based on the perceived precipitation, facilitation, or provocation of the victim).
    • Use a  (see resource for this assignment).

Use the linked resources, the library, Internet, and other resources available to you to conduct your research. Provide APA citations and references.

create a different slide with 15 slides

The prosecutor is getting feedback from local law enforcement officers explaining that they are discouraged from making arrests in cases of domestic violence and child abuse. They claim that they have been neither making arrests in domestic violence situations nor arresting both parties when they go out on a call. It seems that abused women often go back to the abusers, and children who get removed from the homes where they have been abused often return after removal. These occurrences have been especially demoralizing to law enforcement.

One of your jobs in working as a Victims’ Witness Assistant is to help educate law enforcement on the nature and behaviors involved in domestic violence and child abuse. The prosecutor’s office has decided that you should present each of the following topics for the next training session:

Topic Domestic Violence: Your goal is to educate law enforcement to use best practices in the investigation of domestic abuse cases. Include the following topics in your PowerPoint presentation of 10-15 slides with notes and links to video for self-paced review:

  • How to approach a domestic violence situation when responding to an emergency call
    • When the parties should be separated
    • How to interview parties
    • What information needs to be in the report and why
    • How to best help a victim
    • What laws protect victims, including the use of protection orders
    • Why victims return to abusers
    • Length of time it may take to stay away from their abusers
  • Arrests
    • The legal standard that is needed to make an arrest in a domestic violence case
    • What evidence should be collected at the arrest
    • Whether dual arrests are effective law enforcement
    • How to assist domestic violence victims
      • Reluctant victims
      • Help for victims
  • Signs of child abuse and categories (e.g., physical, sexual, and emotional)
  • Difference between the terms abuse and neglect
    • Legal description of neglect
  • Use of guardian ad litem
    • The legal standards that must be met in a child’s removal from the home
    • Termination of parental rights
  • Requirements of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
  • Role of court-appointed special advocates (CASA) in child abuse and neglect cases
  • Role of Social Services in abuse and neglect cases

Use the , the library, Internet, and other resources available to you to conduct your research. Provide APA citations and references

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