Gain an understanding of victim rights, the roles of victim services, and the history of victimization from a victim centred focus.
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- A degree, diploma or certificate in a relevant field.
Program of Studies
Completion Requirement: 5 courses
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LAWS10187 - Victimology: Theoretical Perspectives
The majority of Canadians experience criminal victimization at some point in their lifetime. Explore the meaning of the concept “victim” through theoretical perspectives and case studies. Conduct critical analyses and examine research methods in the field of victimology. Examine victim classifications, communities as victims, the link between victimization and offending, and violence prevention strategies. 45 hours.
LAWS10188 - Victims of Crime
Discover ways of ensuring that victims of crime are not further traumatized by the interventions designed to assist them. Examine the impact of various types of victimization including cybercrime, homicide, sexual assault, elder abuse, drunk driving, assault, intimate partner violence, globalization, human trafficking and fraud. Explore issues of grief, loss, trauma response and the costs associated with victimization. 45 hours.
LAWS10189 - Victimization and The Law
Being a victim of crime thrusts a person into a number of legal systems. Critically examine legal systems from a victims' perspective. Focus on the criminal and family law systems and how they intersect. Relevant legislation and recommendations from inquests and inquiries are examined. Restorative justice and victim rights are explored through discussion and case studies. 45 hours.
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LAWS10190 - Violence Against Women
Learn theory and practical skills essential to assist women who are victims of violence. Examine historical and social perspectives of violence against women; issues of power and authority within a feminist theoretical framework; different forms of violence against women, such as sexual violence and femicide; and women's varied experiences of violence (as impacted by race, class, sexual orientation, ability and age). 45 hours.
INDS10016 - Aboriginal Peoples: Understanding and Reducing Victimization
Aboriginal Peoples are over-represented both as victims and offenders. Students explore the impact of the residential schools, effects of colonialism on traditional values and culture, as well as structural victimization. Students critically examine and assess Canada's principal approaches to addressing victimization and offending by and against Aboriginal Peoples. Through discussion and experiential learning from an Aboriginal perspective, students gain insight and understanding of Aboriginal teachings, Aboriginal worldview, culturally relevant healing, crime prevention and restorative justice. 30 hours.
LAWS10191 - Victims and the Media
Crime is frequently reported and sensationalized in the media. Through a review of current events, evaluate the role, and become sensitized to the impact, of the media in the lives of victims, paying particular attention to privacy issues. Develop media research, communication and public relations skills to effectively advocate for victims' issues in the media. 30 hours.
LAWS10192 - Men as Victims
Men are more likely to be victims of stranger assaults. Explore the unique issues of men's experiences when victimized by crime. Masculinity theory is discussed and the victim offender continuum is examined. Response to and reporting of crimes is analyzed. Through discussions, examination of case studies and lectures, demonstrate an understanding of the victimization of men. 30 hours.
HSCI10203 - Childhood Victimization
Childhood victimization can have long-term negative impacts and shape the way a person views the world and those surrounding them. Students examine short- and long-term effects of childhood victimization and gender-related issues. Common myths are explored regarding children's symptoms and the effects of childhood victimization. Students gain an understanding of criminal and child welfare investigations, as well as relevant legislation and professional requirements related to reporting and documentation. Child development (ages, stages, capacities) and parental/guardian considerations are explored. Students develop the interpersonal skills necessary to listen to and to interview children and their families. Emphasis is placed on appropriate victim support and prevention of recurrence. 45 hours.
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HSCI10204 - Diversity and Victim Assistance
Develop the knowledge and skills required to provide culturally competent services to victims. Explore the dynamics of difference from a personal and professional perspective. Emphasis is given to marginalized and minoritized populations. 30 hours.
HSCI10205 - Compassion Fatigue, Self-Care and Professional Practice
Working with victims of crime is a demanding profession. Learn the principles of debriefing, self-care and stress management. Reflective activities and in-class discussions enable an understanding of personal strengths and limitations and develop and critique personal strategies for managing occupational stress. Special attention is given to working within professional guidelines and to the creation of individual plans for professional development. 30 hours.
HSCI10206 - Victimology: Assessment and Intervention
Victim assistance workers must be able to plan and implement skills and techniques aimed at the prevention of crime and healing of victims. Understand the theoretical basis and practice of victim service interventions. Through lectures, class discussions and role play, learn to conduct threat assessments, triage, facilitation, mediation, negotiation, and non-violent crisis intervention. 45 hours.
HSCI10207 - Victim Assistance Services
Victim service professionals are required to collaborate with service agencies to plan, deliver and evaluate victim service programs and initiatives. Students research and identify the vast array of community, provincial and national services, including financial remedies, counselling, mental health, medical and addiction services. Students learn to facilitate interagency communication and multidisciplinary case management. Through case studies, students identify and assess the needs of victims, identify the most appropriate referrals, and present strategies and approaches that can be used to advocate for victims within and between various systems.