Experiences of Child and Domestic Violence Victims

Imagine that you are a director for New Hampshire’s Office of Victim/Witness Assistance. Inform newly hired crime victim advocates about the experiences of child and domestic violence victims within the criminal justice system and how criminal justice professionals interact with them.

What communications or interactions should occur between a child victim and criminal justice professionals? What are the roles of allied professionals in working with a child victim in the rehabilitation process? What is the child victim’s experience immediately after the initial incident regarding the investigative process and victim assistance? What is the child victim’s post-event experience regarding processing in the criminal justice system? What are the legal precautions in place to protect a child victim? What happens to the child victim regarding courts, corrections, parole, and victim assistance? What is the process for the child victim being notified of the offender’s parole status?