Professionalizing the Discipline of Victim Services
As an occupation, victim assistance is characterized by a variety of organizations and agencies with a wide range of functions, as well as by a variety of practitioners with diverse backgrounds, qualifications, and perceptions of practice. This diversity provides a challenge to the conceptualization and realization of victim assistance as a professional discipline.
Learning objectives include:
- The dynamic concept of professions.
- Characteristics of professions, especially as they pertain to victim assistance.
- Barriers to the professionalization of victim assistance.
- Professionalism as exhibited in fields other than victim assistance.
- Practical applications in crime victim services.