Victim Advocate

When people become victims of crimes they often do not know where to turn for advice on how to handle the situation. Victim advocates are the professionals who work with crime victims to help them recover from their experience psychologically physically and emotionally. They are assigned to their clients quickly after a crime has occurred so that they can provide immediate assistance. They also recommend support groups and agencies that can help their clients begin the recovery process. They give support to their assigned clients by explaining legal proceedings to them and by supporting them when they must testify in court. They also assume the role of liaison between their clients and the court system they give their clients advice on how to seek restitution and they always keep their clients’ best interests in mind when communicating with the public regarding the specifics of their clients’ cases. In terms of a formal education victim advocates have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a subject area related to social work psychology sociology or criminal justice. Many however also have master’s degrees in similar disciplines. The website www.ehow.com states that some victim advocates work on a volunteer basis but others are employed by either governmental or private agencies. Some are employed by district attorneys’ offices where they work in conjunction with criminal prosecutors. According to www.indeed.com victim advocates typically earn an average salary of $45000 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $45000
High Salary: $55000
Low Salary: $35000
Tasks: Provides support to crime victims.
Refers victims to support groups.
Explains the legal process to crime victims.
Acts as a liaison between crime victims and the court system.
Also Called: Social Worker
Victim Services Specialist
Victim Assistance Counselor
Victim Services Coordinator
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/about_6299662_job-description-victim-advocate_.html
http://jobdescriptionsguide.com/victim-advocate-job-description.htm
http://www.criminaljusticedegreeschools.com/criminal-justice-careers/victims-advocate/