Empowering Crime Victims through Information and Notification

Empowering Crime Victims through Information and Notification 

Criminal victimization can be a devastating experience. Crime victims and survivors are often further victimized by an insensitive justice system that is oriented toward ensuring justice to offenders and meeting their needs for rehabilitation. Furthermore, crime victims' and survivors' desire and need for information does not end after prosecution. At yearend 2015, the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated that there were 4.65 million adults on probation, parole, or some other form of post-prison supervision in the community. Therefore, it is essential that probation and parole agencies develop programs and practices responsive to victims' rights and needs. Among these is the right to be notified and receive certain information about their case. This course will inform you about key informational needs of crime victims, types of information you should and should not provide, and describe various ways that you and your agency can provide more effective notification services to crime victims.


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Probation and Parole Association


This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 1.50 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/1/2024
Learning Objectives:
Identify and explain 6 common informational needs of crime victims and survivors, and discuss how to provide information to victims.
List up to 8 core rights of crime victims.
Differentiate between the type of information you can and cannot tell crime victims.
Discuss the type of information to include in initial notification to victims of crime and list up to 3 methods community corrections agencies and staff can use to provide appropriate notification to crime victims.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Informational Needs of Crime Victims and Survivors

Meet Dara

The Power of Information

Common Informational Needs

Victims’ Rights

Core Rights for Victims of Crime

State Victims’ Rights Amendments

Knowledge Check

Community Supervision Process

Available Services

Notice of Sentencing and Supervision Conditions

The Status of their Perpetrator

Restitution Status

Providing Information to Victims

Strategies for Providing Information to Victims



Section 3: Sharing Information with Victims

What Information to Share

Information That Typically Can Be Shared

Information Typically Not Shared

Avoid Complacency when Asked for Information



Section 4: Victim Notification

Extend the Offer for Notification

Initial Notification

The Option to Opt Out

Victim Notification Methods

A Caution about Notification Methods

Automated Victim Notification



Section 5: Conclusion


Course Contributor




Instructor: Tracy Mullins, M.Ed.
Tracy G. Mullins is the Curriculum Designer for Public Safety at Relias. Tracy has a B.S. in the Administration of Criminal Justice and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology. Prior to joining Relias Learning in 2017, Tracy worked in various capacities for the American Probation and Parole Association for 22 years. As a Research Associate and Sr. Research Associate, she worked on a variety of federally funded projects focusing on leadership, juvenile justice, victim services, tribal justice, and offender issues. Her responsibilities on these projects include researching justice issues, writing curricula and other publications, and delivering training and technical assistance. From 2010-2016, as Deputy Director of APPA, Tracy managed its grant division, as well oversaw its e-learning initiatives, which included writing and developing online training courses. Disclosure: Tracy Mullins, M.Ed. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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