MINISTRY-APPROVED PROGRAM TITLE: VICTIMOLOGY
When a victim/survivor of a criminal offence decides to report what happened to them, they may need support. In this program you will receive the training and skills necessary to advocate for victims and help them access the services they need to rebuild their lives and regain their confidence.
Applicants whose first language is not English or who are internationally educated in a non‐English speaking country must meet Durham College’s English Language Proficiency Policy.
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To help students succeed in programs with remote learning requirements, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified minimum technology recommendations. While these are not program requirements, these suggestions will help ensure students have the right tools to support a quality remote learning experience.
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In just eight months, this program will give individuals the specialized knowledge and skills in victimology required to provide a variety of services to victims/survivors and their families.
You will focus on:
As a graduate of this program, you will be able to advocate for victims of crime within the criminal justice and other systems; assess and refer victims to appropriate services; and be part of a risk assessment team for individuals, families and groups.
You will complete a field placement in victim services that enables you to work with corporate and community service agencies to gain an in-depth understanding of the opportunities available upon graduation.
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2023-2024 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
More than 50% of this program is delivered in-person.
The rest of the coursework will be delivered using hybrid, flexible or online formats. Students will come to campus to complete in-person learning requirements.Detailed schedules, with course-specific delivery information, will be available after registration. Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
The field placement element is an important component of the second semester of the Victim Justice and Interventions graduate certificate program. Victim Justice and Interventions students complete 176 hours of field placement. Field placements provide students with direct supervised experience in the field while they are still engaged in academic studies.
Students will work with the Field Placement Officer to secure their field placement position. Before confirming field placement, students are required to check with their Field Placement Officer to ensure it meets the requirements for field placement and that they have the necessary paperwork submitted before commencing.
In order to maintain confidentiality and security, the program utilizes an independent provider, Verified by Synergy Gateway for field placement documentation collection and validation. This process is the Electronic Student Permit Checking (ESPC). There is a cost associated with this external agency. Please refer to the Youth Justice and Interventions ESPC Information Package for details.
For more information contact Stephanie Tufts-Ellis, Student Advisor/Placement Officer.
Qualified graduates can go on to take Durham College’s programs in Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations; Mediation – Alternative Dispute Resolution; and Youth Justice and Interventions. Students may also enroll in University programs to round out their educational experience.
Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.
To help students have the best remote learning experience possible, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified technology recommendations for each program based on course needs and software requirements. While not required, students may want to consider these suggestions if they are purchasing a computer or laptop for the upcoming academic year.
Storage: 256GB SSD
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional or Education x64 SP1
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome (newest version) or Firefox (newest version)
Network Adapter: 802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adapter
Camera: Webcam/built-in camera
Questions regarding technology recommendations can be directed to the IT Service Desk or the school office.