This week we are looking at crime from a different perspective. First you will look at victims of crimes. Each individual will react differently in a crisis. Depending on the personality characteristics of resilience and vulnerability, the ability to recover from victimization is variable. However, victims share some interesting commonalities. They all are subject to some form of psychological distress as a result of their victimization, they are often unaware of the rights the law affords them in addressing their victim status, and they may be unaware of psychological treatment options available to them.
In addressing the issues of victimization, forensic mental health professionals are an important part of the team. They can provide direct service to the victim, evaluate the extent of the psychological impairment, testify as an expert witness and address the diversity issues associated with violence.
It is difficult enough to be a victim of a crime; however, when there are special issues, such as disability, hate crimes based on ethnicity, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, those problems can have an added dimension. As a result, the number of victim services in towns and cities across the country is growing.
Victims have legal rights that help them address the loss and assist in recovery and closure. As you review the legal rights section in your book, put yourself in the place of a victim of violence and look at these services from that perspective. Another area that is of growing concern is family violence. The role of the forensic mental health professional is especially important in this area, as children and elderly are often the victims. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to violence and are often the least likely to admit a violent crime has occurred. The fear factor coupled with the sense of no place to go can make it a situation of near captivity for those trapped in a violent family situation.
For this module, read the following in Bartol & Bartol:
Chapter 10 & 11 (5th ed.)
Active Learning Discussion Guidelines
In the Active Learning threaded discussion area, respond to the stated questions, including any relevance to and implications on the field of criminal justice. Be sure to discuss the issue(s) to which the question pertains. Remarks can include your opinion(s), but must be based on experience, research, and/or prior learning. Use this exercise to foster a rich dialogue with your colleagues about issues that are important to the field of criminal justice.
During the span of the discussion, you must post to the board on four unique days.
Your initial posting must be no less than 200 words and is due no later than Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT. The day you post will count as one of your required four unique postings.
You will also be required to post responses to at least three of your colleagues’ initial postings. Responses must be no less than 100 words, be posted on at least three unique days, and are due no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT.
Active Learning Discussion 6
The Active Learning Discussion Question for this module is posted on the Active Learning 6 Discussion Board.
- Post an initial response and then post responses to your classmates.
- Be sure to review both the Active Learning Discussion Guidelines in the Start Here menu before posting.
Written Assignment 6
Your written Assignment is:
Discuss the behavioral and psychological impact of criminal victimization.
This is a research-based APA review of literature assignment and cannot include any personal opinion, experience, or hypothetical scenarios. Consider using the readings for this module as a starting point and then use the research literature to gain a more in-depth view of what each group deals with in the course of their professional work. This must be in APA format and include a cover page, abstract, discussion, conclusion, and references. Your paper should go beyond the obvious, be written at a graduate level, and must be at least 1,200 words in length. You must use at least two outside scholarly and/or professional sources other than your textbook. Remember, all resources including, but not limited to, journals, magazine, and/or books must be properly cited using APA style