Fox Valley Technical College's National Criminal Justice Training Center has landed a grant to train community corrections officers and probation and parole agents to be more responsive to victims.
The two-year, $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women will allow NCJTC to focus on victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
The goal is to make sure victims' needs are considered and addressed throughout the criminal justice process.
"I think it’s really important to note that our criminal justice system has been really offender focused," said NCJTC program administrator Joell Schigur. "We built systems around punishing offenders and rehabilitating offenders but the history of our criminal justice system has been so neglectful of victims.
"So it’s an honor for the National Criminal Justice Training Center to be able to work on behalf of victims to make sure that in targeted areas, in areas where we’re able to assist, that victims' rights and victims' issues are taken into consideration by the criminal justice system."
They anticipate being able to train 600 people through summits, regional training and targeted technical assistance and hope to double that number for online offerings, including webinars, she said.
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