LSTD350 Victim Advocacy (3 semester hours)

This course prepares students to provide assistance to crime victims. What a victim advocate is and their rights and responsibilities will be discussed. Students will learn how to navigate through the Criminal Justice System to include both the civil and criminal litigation process, as well as understanding the steps to help victims towards a successful recovery. The course prepares the student to work in victim advocacy arenas such as crisis hotlines, domestic violence shelters, etc. Course topics include legal terminology, legal process, legislation regarding victims-rights, effects of victimization, victim advocate skills, and crisis intervention.