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What is the goal of the curriculum?

The goal is to sensitize offenders to the impact that crime has on victims, families, and the community. The introductory program is structured to hold offenders accountable for the harm they have caused and to help foster their empathy toward crime victims and survivors.

Who should attend victim impact classes?

The curriculum may be taught to either adult or juvenile offenders who are in custody or community-based correctional settings. Offenders are selected for participation in one of three ways:

  1. A parole authority mandates the class;
  2. The offender is referred through a casework process; or
  3. The offender volunteers to attend.

Who should teach this material?

This material should be presented by a trainer who is skilled in leading groups and has familiarity with the impact of crime on victims. In addition, trainers should have experience in organizing, presenting, and discussing complex issues and familiarity with adult learning principles.

How can I best prepare for this training?

Go to About This Curriculum, where you'll find information on your target audience, trainer requirements, and how to prepare for the training. The Facilitator Manual (in PDF format) contains detailed information about problem-based learning techniques, facilitator qualifications, format and use of the curriculum, and how to best implement the training. In addition, the manual contains 13 weeks of materials on victims' rights, core crime topics, and making amends. Familiarize yourself with all materials well before you lead a group.

What materials do I need?

Throughout the program, you'll need facilitator's and participants' curriculum materials and video clips, all of which are available in the Presenter's Toolbox and on the individual Training Unit pages. In addition, you'll need a laptop PC; a flip chart and easel; multicolored, thick, dark markers; name tags (for participants and facilitators); and pens. A more detailed list of material is included on the Preparing for the Training subpage under the “About This Curriculum” tab. Individual units may call for additional equipment or preparations (see the introductory pages of each unit's Facilitator Manual).

I can't open some of the files provided on the sites. What should I do?

You may need to download or upgrade free software to get the most out of the downloadable files, from lecture materials to audiovisual files.

Visit the following sites to download the free software:

Software for using lecture materials:

Software for using video clips:

Will the online Victim Impact curriculum work on my computer?

We are dedicated to providing a quality service for our visitors. We have attempted to support the operating systems and tools used by the majority of visitors to our site. Victim Impact: Listen and Learn has been tested on a wide variety of systems and tools, and works best with Windows or Macintosh.

Some visitors might experience difficulty when trying to access this site using other Internet browsers, operating systems, and devices (e.g., handheld computers, cell phones, personal digital assistants).

To upgrade your web browser, please visit one of the sites below and download the appropriate software for your hardware platform:

Who should I contact if I have questions about the material?

Contact OVC TTAC at 866-OVC-TTAC.

Where can I get additional information about victim impact issues?

The following organizations all deal with the impact of crime on victims and are good starting points for additional information:

I'm interested in finding more downloadable curricula. Where should I look?

OVC has additional downloadable curricula and more training resources available.