Source: (2011) Voice of the Victim: A Perspectives Spotlight Issue. Perspectives: The journal of the American Probation and Parole Association. Pgs: 40-43.

In 1996, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) implemented a program to help offenders understand the negative impact of their crimes on victims. The Victim Awareness Program is based on the Impact of Crime on Victims Program developed in 1984 by the California Youth Authority and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In Ohio, the program’s curriculum addresses several crime types, including drunk driving, property offenses, family violence, sexual assault, and homicide. Other curriculum topics include restorative justice practices, the impact of violence in the media, making amends, and offender reentry. The common thread running throughout the program is the concept of offender responsibility and accountability for behaviors and actions. The program utilizes cognitive-behavioral exercises and experientially based instruction. A crucial element is the personal testimony of victims of crime. (excerpt)

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