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Learning About Victims of Crime: A Training Model for Victim Service Providers and Allied Professionals

September 2003
Carol Watkins Ali, Ph.D., and Erin Stark, Denver VS2000


Message From the Director

OVC's Victim Services 2000 (VS2000) initiative was established in Denver to develop an urban model for the comprehensive and seamless delivery of victim services.

Denver VS2000
More than 50 nonprofit and government agencies participated in the project, which used technology and cross training to create an interdisciplinary service network.

Importance of Training
VS2000 participants organized themselves in four training teams to develop appropriate cross-training materials and an online training center.

Curricula for Allied Professionals
To improve understanding of victim needs, curricula were designed for the faith communities, law enforcement trainees, and the legal profession.

Denver VS2000 continues to build its training network and is seeking funding to sustain its initiatives.


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This document was prepared by Denver VALE Board/Denver Victim Services 2000, under grant number 97-VF-GX-K001, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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