What are the four definitions of a victim?
1 - a person against whom an offence is committed.
2 - a person who, as the result of an offence committed by another, suffers damage to their person and/or property.
3 - the parent or legal guardian of a child to whom the above applies, UNLESS they are the person charged.
4 - the immediate family of any person who dies or is incapable as a result of an offence committed by another, UNLESS they are the person charged.
What does section 7 of the victims rights act state?
Victims should be treated with courtesy, compassion and respect for their personal dignity and privacy.
What does section 8 of the victims rights act state?
Victims and where needed, their families should have access to welfare, health, counselling, medical and legal assistance responsive to their needs.
What does section 11 of the victims rights act state?
Victims should be informed at the earliest possible opportunity of the programmes, services and remedies available to them.
What does section 12 of the victims rights act state (acronym)?
Victims must be informed of PADRO - Progress of investigation Actions taken Dates/times of proceedings Role of the victim as a witness Outcome of proceedings
What does section 51 of the victims rights act state?
Victims property must be returned when it is no longer required as evidence.
What does section 79 of the victims rights act state?
Victims are up entitled to have a support person near them when giving evidence.
What are the two stages of victimisation, and what are 3 feelings a victim may have during each?
Impact - numbness, feelings of unreality, disorientation.
Recoil - fear, rage, frustration.
What are three symptoms of PTSD?
Guilt, memory and concern gratin problems, flashbacks.
What are three ‘do’s when interviewing a victim?
Make setting safe/comfortable, keep questions simple, ask questions 1 by 1.
What are three ‘don’t’s when interviewing a victim?
Judge/blame, say all is well, say you know how they feel.