Created by the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC), within the U.S.
Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP), VICTIM IMPACT: LISTEN AND
LEARN is an evidence-based curriculum designed to help justice involved
individuals become more aware of the impact crime has on victims and to take
responsibility for their actions and begin to make amends for those actions. The curriculum makes victims and their rights a central premise.
This evidence-based curriculum utilizes various learning
strategies such as discussions, readings, video clips, group activities, victim
speakers, homework, and objectives intended to engage participants.
Curriculum Units Include:
This unit provides an overview of the Victim Impact
Curriculum, explains adult-oriented learning strategies, and discusses the
curriculum objectives and ground rules for participating. Describes what
participants can expect during the training and discusses the terms that will
- Unit 2: Introduction to Victim Impact
This unit introduces many concepts that are essential to
understanding the core curriculum: Who is a "victim"? What are
"secondary" victims? What are the core victims' rights? What is a
This unit discusses property crime, the illegal taking or
destroying of someone's property or land without threats or force.
This unit provides an overview of aggravated and simple
assault as well as the effects of each on victims.
This unit discusses robbery, the taking or attempting to
take anything of value (actual or perceived) from another person by force or
threat of force. Robbery is often considered a violent crime because it occurs
face to face.
- Unit 6: Hate and Bias Crime
This unit discusses hate and bias crimes. These crimes are
motivated by hostility and prejudice against a person based on his or her race,
religion, sexual orientation, disability, or ethnicity/national origin. Most
victims are targeted because they represent a particular group rather than
because of any personal conflict or problem with the offender.
This unit discusses gang crime, which includes, but is not
limited to: graffiti, extortion, drug sales, burglary, home invasion, physical
assault, sexual assault, and murder.
This unit discusses sexual assault and includes examples of
both physical and nonphysical force. Physical force includes using a weapon,
hitting, kicking, choking, or holding someone down. Nonphysical force or
"coercion" includes verbally threatening a victim into doing
something he or she doesn't want to do. Although most reported cases involve women as victims, men
also are sexually assaulted.
- Unit 9: Child Abuse and Neglect
This unit discusses the four main types of child
maltreatment: physical abuse, child neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse.
These may occur separately or in combination. Emotional abuse is almost always
present when other
forms are identified.
- Unit 10: Domestic Violence
This unit discusses domestic violence, a pattern of coercive
behaviors used against an individual's intimate partner. These behaviors may
include one or more of the following: physical, sexual, emotional,
psychological, and financial
- Unit 11: Drunk and Impaired Driving
This unit discusses drunk and impaired driving and its effects
on victims. People who drive in a drunk or impaired condition create a major
problem in our country today.
This unit discusses homicide, defined as murder (killing
another person with prior intent to kill that particular victim or anyone who
gets in the way and with no legal excuse or authority) or manslaughter (killing
without prior intent).
The primary goal of this curriculum is to prevent further
victimization by helping offenders become aware of the impact of crime on
victims and communities. It is important for participants to acknowledge their
wrongdoing, confront themselves, and make amends for the harm they have caused.
Transcript and certificate of achievement issued upon successful completion.
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