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OVC TTAC: 4. Assault
4. Assault
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Time Required: 2.5 hours

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


  • What Is ...? This section covers a particular crime and provides definitions of relevant Words To Know.

  • In the News: Crime Trends asks participants to examine crime statistics and talk about any they find surprising.

  • Examples of .... This section provides case studies of crime victims and asks participants to consider, through either discussion or writing exercises, how they would feel if they or one of their family members was a victim of this crime.

  • What's the Impact of ...? This section asks participants to consider the ripple effect of crime in four areas of impact: financial, physical, emotional, and religious/spiritual.

  • Listen and Learn. Participants watch a DVD clip that illustrates the impact of a crime on the victim and then discuss it as a group.

  • Being Accountable for Your Crimes. Participants read sample accountability statements, then discuss and write their own.

  • Guest victim speaker.

  • Discussion/Wrap-Up.

In addition to these sections, each unit includes optional exercises if time permits.

Unit 4 Additional Exercises

  • Assault Victim Impact Statement

  • Newspaper Story (selected in advance; to have participants identify primary and secondary victims of an assault)

  • “Ming” (effects of gang-related assault)

  • Group Activity (write about or discuss how buying, selling, or using drugs and alcohol is related to victimization)

  • Personalizing Victimization (participants pick an assault statistic or scenario and discuss/write their thoughts)


  • Define assault and posttraumatic stress disorder.

  • Explain the impact of assault crimes on victims.

  • Have participants discuss their thoughts and feelings about being held accountable for assault crimes.

Unit-Specific Downloads

To download files, right click on the file and select "save target as."

Training Manuals

*PDFs of the full curriculum are in the Presenter's Toolbox.


DVD clip. Assault—Alan

Video clips for the full curriculum are in the Presenter's Toolbox.


Read the trainer's materials included on the unit pages well before presenting the course to your audience; these materials contain preparation instructions essential to an effective training.


Create a folder for Victim Impact: Listen and Learn on your computer and download all the files you'll need in that folder rather than using the Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Web site during the training. To download files, right click on the file and select "save target as."