HOW TO HELP CRIME VICTIMS
Often, victims experience trauma after being exposed to crime. Of course, this trauma may stem from physical injury, but emotional trauma is just as common. The National Center for Victims of Crime opens in new windownotes that common effects include intense stress reactions and exhaustion, along with “emotional wounds or shocks that may have long-lasting effects.” No two victims are alike, so providing advocacy and access to resources is personalized to each case. Though they may not carry out all of these services directly, criminal justice professionals can help victims access resources such as the following:
Assistance in filing compensation claims
Counseling or therapy
Domestic violence shelters
Grief counseling for secondary or related victims
Criminal justice professionals have the unique opportunity to work with victims and help them take steps to recover.
Undergraduate study in criminal justice is an ideal way to prepare for many law enforcement careers in victimology and more. West Virginia State University offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree opens in new windowthat gives students a theoretical and practical understanding of the modern criminal justice system. With a curriculum informed by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, this program features an in-depth study of the causes of crime and the relationship between criminal justice and society. WVSU also offers criminal justice certificate options in investigation, corrections, law enforcement and more.