UNDERSTAND THE DEFINITION AND TIMING OF RIGHTS

It is important to understand to whom rights apply. Learn about the definition of victim and about when rights begin and end.

UNDERSTAND VICTIM RIGHTS

There are general rights that are guaranteed across most jurisdictions. Learn about the rights victims are accorded and best practices to provide the rights.

ENFORCING RIGHTS

Many jurisdictions provide mechanisms to enforce rights. Learn about the ability to file motions, seek review of court decisions, or to file complaints for rights violations.

UNDERSTANDING VICTIM RIGHTS

Victims’ rights are the way that victims are guaranteed a voice in the criminal justice system. Established by statute or constitution, the rights ensure that victims know about case proceedings and can share their views with the prosecutor and the court. Many victims are unaware of their rights, however, and so it is critical that those working with victims understand the rights that victims are entitled to in their jurisdiction, so that they can help to ensure that victims can participate in the case to the extent they choose. A failure to accord victims their rights can derail the investigation or prosecution of a case and deny victims the voice that legislatures have mandated they have. In this training, taught by the Justice Department’s former victim rights’ advisor, learn about the rights that victims have in state, tribal, military, and federal courts, as well as best practices to accord those rights, and the way those rights are enforced.


This online course is pre-approved for 5 CEU credits by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing. To learn more about NOVA, visit trynova.org.

Online TRAINING

Designed for the Busy Working Professional

Whether you are new in the field or you’re ready to take the next step in your career, consider investing in your future throught this course which is filled with more than 5 hours of instruction, activities and exercises designed to help you grow and succeed in your role.

EASY TO USE

Convenient and Affordable Training on your own schedule and without the need to travel.

PROFESSIONAL

Taught by Kate Manning who worked for fifteen years as Senior Attorney Advisor with the US Department of Justice.

PRACTICAL

Courses consist of real-world info important for any Advocate.

grow in your career

Your online course is filled with more than 5 hours of instruction, activities and exercises designed to help you grow and succeed in your role.

VICTIM RIGHTS OVERVIEW

UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW

HISTORY OF VICTIM'S RIGHTS

DEFINITION OF VICTIM

SAMPLE STATUTORY DEFINITIONS

WHEN RIGHTS ATTACH AND END

THE RIGHT TO NOTICE

THE RIGHT TO ATTEND

FREEDOM FROM DELAY

THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD

THE RIGHT TO PROTECTION AND PRIVACY

THE RIGHT TO CONFER

Continuing Education Credit

This online course is available for advocates to earn 5 CEU credits towards the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and/or the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing. To learn more about NOVA, visit trynova.org.

CAN’T WAIT TO GET STARTED?

Meet Your Instructor

Katharine Manning

Katharine Manning is the President of Blackbird LLC, which provides training and consultation on issues of trauma and victimization. In her fifteen years with the Department of Justice, Ms. Manning served as a Senior Attorney Advisor at the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, advising the Department on its response to victims in cases involving terrorism, sexual assault, child exploitation, large-scale fraud, crimes in Indian Country, and more. Ms. Manning worked on implementation of the Crime Victims' Rights Act (CVRA) and the Victims’ Rights and Restitution Act (VRRA) within the Department of Justice and on drafting the 2005 and 2011 Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance (AG Guidelines). She has trained extensively on the CVRA, VRRA, and AG Guidelines, for federal law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim assistance personnel. Ms. Manning has also worked as a counselor and advocate for battered women, in the Family Violence and Sex Crimes Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, and at the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop in San Francisco. Ms. Manning graduated from Smith College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

What People Are Saying about This?

This … was very informational and Kate was very engaging. I appreciated the manner in which she described victim’s rights and the variations in states. … Nicely done!”

- Connie

Katherine Manning was phenomenal and provided valuable information. It was concise and provided a great overview of victim’s rights which is often a topic that can be confusing.

- Erin

Katharine is so knowledgeable about this topic and is passionate about her work and commitment to this cause.

- Marti

WOW! There was a lot of new information. So much that is directly applicable.

- Edward

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much is the Course?

The price is $197 for each student. We do have discounts available for JCH Members and group purchases involving three or more personnel. Please contact [email protected] for details


But I Already Work Full-time… Would I Have Time?

We hear you. Only you know about the demands of your job or if you can “juggle” the demands of work, family, and school. That said, online courses are a great way to get the knowledge you need for career growth, without being tied down to a specific schedule, being out of the office for days at a time, or burdened by the expense of high priced tuition or travel costs. Split up into bite sized components, each course section can be completed over a lunch break in a week’s time – sometimes less. And don’t worry: if life gets in the way, you’ll have a whole year to complete the lessons on your own schedule.


What Internet Browsers Can I Use

We have tested the course using Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. The Learning Management System does not work well with Firefox.


How Do I Log In?

Once we receive payment (online or check), we will contact you with instructions on how to log in. If you paid online, you should receive an email within five minutes.


How do I pay?

You can pay by credit card or debit card through our online check out. For agencies paying by Purchase Order, or if your agency is wanting to enroll 3 or more people (20% discount), please contact us at [email protected]




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Understanding Victim Rights Course

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