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Specific Considerations for Providing Victim Services
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American Indian/Alaska Native Populations

Length: 45 minutes

Summary:

The American Indian/Alaska Native Populations module covers key issues impacting American Indian and Alaska Native victims of crime. It also describes barriers American Indian and Alaska Native victims face when seeking help after being the victims of crime, and provides strategies for serving American Indian and Alaska Native victims.

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Children and Youth

Length: 45 minutes

Summary:

Children and youth are a highly victimized segment of the general population. They are victims of some of the same crimes adults experience, and also some that are unique to childhood and adolescence. This module identifies different crimes that impact children and youth, describes how children and youth react to trauma, identifies the developmental impact of trauma on children and youth of different ages, and describes strategies for working with child and youth victims of crime.

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Homeless Populations

Length: 1 hour

Summary:

Homeless victims of crime are a particularly vulnerable segment of the general population. This module describes factors that cause homelessness, identifies resources available for help in finding housing, and identifies strategies for supporting homeless victims of crime.

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Immigrant Populations

Length: 1 hour

Summary:

This module discusses the types of crimes immigrants are susceptible to in the United States and strategies victim service providers can use to help them. This module also addresses several immigration relief options.

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Incarcerated Victims of Sexual Violence

Length: 45 minutes

Summary:

Incarcerated victims of sexual violence are at high risk of becoming victims again, because they may be too fearful to reach out for help or when they do, they find services specific to their needs are unavailable. They often fear experiencing further trauma and shame if they do come forward. This module defines sexual violence within correctional facilities, describes the unique aspects of sexual violence in correctional facilities, describes the risk factors for sexual violence in correctional facilities, identifies challenges or obstacles to providing victim services to incarcerated victims of sexual violence, and identifies and describes some of the practical response strategies that can be implemented to address the needs of incarcerated victims of sexual violence.

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LGBTQ Populations

Length: 1 hour

Summary:

LGBTQ people are in danger of victimization not only because of their race or class, but also because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This module includes information on language, terminology, and concepts commonly used in LGBTQ communities, the differences between gender identity and sexual orientation, a historical and legal perspective of LGBTQ rights and recognition, barriers LGBTQ people face when accessing services, and ways to increase your agency's ability and capacity to effectively serve LGBTQ people.

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Older Adults

Length: 45 minutes

Summary:

Provides information on elderly victims of crime, also known as adult victims of crime. It includes issues that victims may face, as well as tips and strategies to help victims.

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People With Disabilities

Length: 45 minutes

Summary:

Provides information on how to help victims with disabilities. It includes issues that victims may face, as well as tips and strategies to help victims.

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Refugee Populations

Length: 1 hour

Summary:

This module addresses the types of crimes for which refugees are commonly at risk, strategies victim service providers can use to help victims, and resources available to refugee victims of crime.

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U.S. Citizens Victimized Overseas

Length: 1 hour

Summary:

U.S. citizens may live in or travel to many places overseas for many reasons. The vast majority do not become victims of crime, but those who do may not know how to seek help in a foreign country. This module addresses the challenges U.S. citizens face when victimized overseas, describes the role of the U.S. Department of State in providing assistance and identifies strategies that can be used to support the recovery of U.S. victims.

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Victims of Campus Sexual Assault

Length: 45 minutes

Summary:

Campus/University sexual assault is, unfortunately, a serious crime that is widespread across college and university campuses all over the United States. This module provides a definition of campus sexual assault, describes barriers victims of campus sexual assault face when seeking help, describes the basic requirements of Title IX, the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Act Amendments, and identifies strategies for serving victims of campus sexual assault.

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Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military

Length: 45 minutes

Summary:

Provides information on issues specific to the military related to sexual assault. It includes issues that victims may face, specific military procedures to help victims impacted by this crime, as well as tips and strategies to help victims.

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Victims With Mental Health Issues

Length: 45 minutes

Summary:

Mental illnesses are disorders that can profoundly disrupt a person's thoughts, feelings, moods, ability to relate to others, and capacity for coping with the demands of life. Mental illness can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. This module discusses this population of individuals and the unique considerations to make when helping victims of crime with mental health issues.

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Victims With Substance Use Issues

Length: 45 minutes

Summary:

Victims of crime who also are substance abusers face a unique set of challenges. This module includes information on the special needs of victims with substance abuse issues, and approaches for working with victims with substance abuse issues.

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