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Victim Support

Overview - Competencies - Goals

Our Victim Advocates work closely with victims and their families. They provide immediate crisis services as well as ongoing, long-term support both individually and in a group setting. The Victim Support team will provide emergency crisis counseling utilizing the 5 stages of grief, a victim-centered approach, and victimization training. When supporting victims harmed by gun violence, domestic violence, and human trafficking, our team will work closely with our partner organizations to ensure they are
receiving the support they need.



5 Stages of Grief:

  • Anger: When someone starts to process a loss, they may experience intense feelings of anger. This anger can be directed at inanimate objects, friends, family, strangers, or even the self.

  • Denial: An initial, common reaction to loss is to deny the reality of the situation.

  • Bargaining: The bargaining state is characterized by attempting to negotiate with an individual or a higher power.

  • Depression: Reaching the depression stage of grief often means the individual has come to terms with the reality of the loss.

  • Acceptance: The last stage is Acceptance which will never happen; however, you develop coping skills to properly grow through the situation without developing complicated grief. 

This approach will be used by our Victim Advocates while supporting victims of violent crimes. The staff recognizes that every victim may have a different set of needs and a different response to the trauma they have experienced. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to working with victims. Our staff will focus on asking victims for their input and assessing what their most important needs are while prioritizing their safety and well-being.

Victim-Centered Approach:

Victimization is the process of being victimized or becoming a victim. Forms of victimization include (but are not limited to) bullying or peer victimization, physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, robbery, and assault. Some of these forms of victimization are commonly associated with certain populations, however, they can happen to anyone. Our Victim Advocates will educate our participants and the community on victimization while utilizing a Trauma-Informed Care approach.

Victimization Training:

Our Victim Advocates will host Grief, Survivors, and Secondary Victims support groups on a weekly basis either in person or virtually. We will utilize Ross’ 5 Stages of Grief model,
CBT, and Strength-Based and Resilience theory. Staff and participants will collaborate to find ways to celebrate their loved ones. We will also incorporate therapeutic coping skills such as journaling, mindful mediation, and deep breathing.

Support Groups:

Our Goals

During the first few months after a loss, many signs and symptoms of normal grief are the same as those of complicated grief. However, while normal grief symptoms gradually start to fade over time, those of complicated grief linger or get worse. Complicated grief is like being in an ongoing, heightened state of mourning that keeps you from healing. Our Victim Support program is designed to decrease signs
of complicated grief and identify signs of retaliation.

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