Source: (2006) Champion Magazine. December 2006, page 49.

Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO) seeks to reduce the trauma to victim-survivors that often results from the adversarial and technical nature of the legal process. This is done by providing a more active role for homicide victim-survivors in death penalty cases without compromising the due process rights of capital defendants. Trained victim outreach specialists help defense attorneys understand the needs and experiences of victim-survivors; they also help meet the judicial needs of victim-survivors, especially those that can be addressed by the defense and the defendant. (excerpt)

Read Full Article