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Peer Review

Introductory Workshop on Crime Victims' Rights and Services



Overall Numeric Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 4.25 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Feb 04, 2011 by Criminal Justice Editorial Board
Overview: This is a “how-to” manual for presenting a training workshop on victims’ rights. It also includes power point slides. It is geared toward individuals who will be presenting to an audience of social workers already working in the field, although may have some utility in undergraduate and graduate classrooms in social work or criminal justice. It provides an explanation of technical requirements and logistical directions, as well as a script for presenters, workshop evaluation forms, and power point slides.
Type of Material: Workshop and training material
Recommended Uses: The training program associated with the training manual can be used for college course presentations and assignments along with training for professionals who interact with crime victims.
Technical Requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader will be needed to access the training manual. PowerPoint may be needed to utilize the presentation material included in the trainer's manual.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The material presented is a training manual. The curriculum, which teaches about the impact of violent crime on and the services and legal rights available to adult crime victims.
Target Student Population: Undergraduate and graduate - level courses. Training programs for professionals who interact with crime victims.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: The training manual contains a great deal of practical material including exercises, general information on victims' rights, victims' services, and presentation material including case studies and a PowerPoint presentation.
Concerns: The training manual must be used as part of the overall training package and cannot be used as a stand alone document.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: Good information about victims’ rights and issues. If the student already has knowledge of the field, it would build on concepts and be very useful. Could pull information off the slides with which to create assignments.
Concerns: While there is some assumption that those participating in training related to crime victims' have foundation level knowledge based on their occupation/profession, the training manual (and other training materials) are useful and practical.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The training manual presents the training material in a practical and logical manner and easy to understand. The addition of exercises and PowerPoint slides are a plus.
Concerns: Was not initially aware that there were slides available, until I paged through the entire 40 page document. At the beginning, it looks like a government report and is not visually appealing or engaging.

Other Issues and Comments: The training manual is part of a larger training program developed by the Office of Crime Victims (U.S. department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs) titled, A Social Work response: Building Skills to Strengthen Survivors ( Acknowledgment of the larger training program should be included so that users of the training manual can have access to a well-developed training program that focuses on crime victims.