When a victim comes forward to provide the information necessary to convict a criminal, they 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.
In just eight months, this program will give individuals with related experience and education the specialized knowledge and skills in victimology required to provide a variety of services to victims and their families.
You will focus on:
Various types of crimes (e.g. childhood physical and sexual abuse, human trafficking, intimate partner abuse and sexual assault)
Identifying and assessing the needs of victims and providing strategies for healing
Designing and delivering victim service education to professionals and members of the community
Relationships between victims and offenders within the criminal justice system.
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.
A practicum experience 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.
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.
Current Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Rescuer CPR (Level C) certificate
Current and clear Criminal Background Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening
Current, standard first aid certificate
Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider
Impact Of Crime (CRIM 1305)
Diversity And VICTimology I: Aboriginal Peoples (DIVS 1300)
Community Partnerships I (FWK 1313)
Victimology: Assessment And Intervention (INTR 1300)
Violence Against Women: Assessment And Intervention (INTR 1303)
Reflection, Self Care & Professional Practice In VICTims' Services (REFL 2300)
Research & Grant/Proposal Writing (RESR 1303)
Victimization: Legal Perspectives (VCTM 1300)
Diversity And VICTimology II: Understanding Populations (DIVS 2300)
Community Partnerships II (FWK 2313)
Victimology: Theory & Practice (THEO 1301)
Victim Assistance Strategies (VASS 2300)
Victimology And Children (VCHD 2300)
Victims & The Impact Of Media (VMED 2300)
Victimology And Men (VMEN 1300)
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.
YEAR ONE FEES
Please note: fees are based on the 2018-2019 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please
Other fees to consider.
WHAT YOU COULD BE:
Victim services advocate
Victim witness assistance worker
WHERE YOU COULD WORK:
Child and youth protection, probation and parole
Community service agencies
Law and advocacy
Police and criminal justice system
Victim crisis services
Your learning experience will be complemented by a 150-hour field placement, which will provide you with practical, hands-on experience and the opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned in the classroom.
Program Transfer, Degree Completion And Additional Credentials