V.I.P.

 VICTIM IMPACT PANEL

 The Victim Impact Panel is an educational program designed to teach offenders about the human consequences of crime. Offenders are taught how crime affects the victim and the victim’s family, friends, and community, and how it also affects them and their own families, friends, and communities. Victim Impact Panel (VIP) The panel provides a safe, appropriate outlet for victims/survivors to express their feelings about their victimization, which promotes personal healing.  The VIP setting allows offenders to come face to face with those who have been victimized by crime.  The panel consists of approximately 2-3 people who have been victims of crime.  The panelists explain how crime has affected their lives, including financial, psychological and physical consequences.  The duration of the panel is typically 1-2 hours in length, with offenders allowed time at the conclusion to ask questions of the panelists, and the completion of an evaluation.

A key element of the classes is the direct involvement of victims. They tell their personal stories of being victimized or of helping victims to reconstruct their lives after a traumatic crime. Offenders are encouraged to enter into a dialogue with the guest speakers. 

When the panel format is used, the class participants may ask questions at the end of the presentation, but usually do not engage in discussion with the victim presenters. 

Goals

The goals of victim impact classes include: 

• Teach offenders about the short-and long-term trauma of victimization.  • Increase offenders’ awareness of the negative impact of their crime on their victims and others.  • Encourage offenders to accept responsibility for their past criminal actions.  • Provide victims with a forum to educate offenders about the consequences of their criminal behaviors, with the hope that it will help to prevent future offending.

Implementation

The victim impact class program can be adapted to incorporate 1-2 hours of classroom activities.  Once a program is established, judges and criminal and juvenile justice agencies can refer or order offenders to participate. 

Like any other program that brings offenders together with victims, it is essential that both participating offenders and victim speakers be carefully screened to ensure that they are appropriate candidates for this intervention. Every precaution should be taken to avoid any retraumatization of the victims involved. They should be thoroughly prepared before coming to the class and debriefed afterward. 

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Academy of Human Development:
235 N. Eastern Ste 109
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

(702) 759-0050