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Created by the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC), within the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP), VICTIM IMPACT: LISTEN AND LEARN is an evidence-based curriculum designed to help justice involved individuals become more aware of the impact crime has on victims and to take responsibility for their actions and begin to make amends for those actions. The curriculum makes victims and their rights a central premise.

This evidence-based curriculum utilizes various learning strategies such as discussions, readings, video clips, group activities, victim speakers, homework, and objectives intended to engage participants.

Curriculum Units Include:

Unit 1: Getting Started

This unit provides an overview of the Victim Impact Curriculum, explains adult-oriented learning strategies, and discusses the curriculum objectives and ground rules for participating. Describes what participants can expect during the training and discusses the terms that will be discussed.

Unit 2: Introduction to Victim Impact

This unit introduces many concepts that are essential to understanding the core curriculum: Who is a "victim"? What are "secondary" victims? What are the core victims' rights? What is a "ripple effect"?

Unit 3: Property Crime

This unit discusses property crime, the illegal taking or destroying of someone's property or land without threats or force.

Unit 4: Assault

This unit provides an overview of aggravated and simple assault as well as the eff­ects of each on victims.

Unit 5: Robbery

This unit discusses robbery, the taking or attempting to take anything of value (actual or perceived) from another person by force or threat of force. Robbery is often considered a violent crime because it occurs face to face.

Unit 6: Hate and Bias Crime

This unit discusses hate and bias crimes. These crimes are motivated by hostility and prejudice against a person based on his or her race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or ethnicity/national origin. Most victims are targeted because they represent a particular group rather than because of any personal conflict or problem with the off­ender.

Unit 7: Gang Crime

This unit discusses gang crime, which includes, but is not limited to: graff­iti, extortion, drug sales, burglary, home invasion, physical assault, sexual assault, and murder.

Unit 8: Sexual Assault

This unit discusses sexual assault and includes examples of both physical and nonphysical force. Physical force includes using a weapon, hitting, kicking, choking, or holding someone down. Nonphysical force or "coercion" includes verbally threatening a victim into doing something he or she doesn't want to do. Although most reported cases involve women as victims, men also are sexually assaulted.

Unit 9: Child Abuse and Neglect

This unit discusses the four main types of child maltreatment: physical abuse, child neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse. These may occur separately or in combination. Emotional abuse is almost always present when other forms are identified.

Unit 10: Domestic Violence

This unit discusses domestic violence, a pattern of coercive behaviors used against an individual's intimate partner. These behaviors may include one or more of the following: physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse.

Unit 11: Drunk and Impaired Driving

This unit discusses drunk and impaired driving and its e­ffects on victims. People who drive in a drunk or impaired condition create a major problem in our country today.

Unit 12: Homicide

This unit discusses homicide, defined as murder (killing another person with prior intent to kill that victim or anyone who gets in the way and with no legal excuse or authority) or manslaughter (killing another person without prior intent).

Unit 13: Making Amends

The primary goal of this curriculum is to prevent further victimization by helping o­ffenders become aware of the impact of crime on victims and communities. It is important for participants to acknowledge their wrongdoing, confront themselves, and make amends for the harm they have caused.

Transcript and certificate of achievement issued upon successful completion.


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