Strategies for Implementation
Five Global Challenges for the Field
More than 1,000 individuals
from across the Nation contributed to the development of New Directions
from the Field: Victims' Rights and Services for the 21st Century.
In the course of compiling the hundreds of recommendations from the field
and in listening to the voices of crime victims, their advocates, and
allied professionals who work with crime victims throughout the Nation,
certain key challenges emerged.
The following five guiding global
challenges for responding to victims of crime form the core of the hundreds
of ideas and 250 recommendations contained in New Directions.
- To enact and enforce consistent,
fundamental rights for crime victims in Federal, State, juvenile, military,
and Tribal justice systems, and administrative proceedings.
- To provide crime victims with
access to comprehensive, quality services regardless of the nature of
their victimization, age, race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual
orientation, capability, or geographic location.
- To integrate crime victims'
issues into all levels of the Nation's educational system to ensure
that justice and allied professionals and other service providers receive
comprehensive training on victims' issues as part of their academic
education and continuing training in the field.
- To support, improve, and replicate
promising practices in victims' rights and services built upon sound
research, advanced technology, and multidisciplinary partnerships.
- To ensure that the voices of
crime victims play a central role in the Nation's response to violence
and those victimized by crime.
from the Field:
Victims' Rights and Services for the 21st