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Victims of Violence: Video Program Guide

This video includes insights from Superior Court judges, investigators, district attorneys, prosecutors, victim-witness personnel, and the public defender.  It also includes personal stories of hard-hit crime victims from diverse backgrounds and communities.

In addition to teaching victims how to best work with law enforcement, the video discusses:

  • Who’s who in the investigation and the various law-enforcement roles.
  • Understanding the system, a very long process that involves arrests, arraignment, indictment, plea bargain, hearings, motions, delays, trial, testimony, conviction, sentencing, appeals, possible parole, and parole hearings.
  • What information an officer needs and what could help or jeopardize the investigation.
  • How a victim should properly get information to the investigator.
  • How the investigator pieces the case together and then turns it over to the prosecutor.
  • Understanding the importance of good note taking and the need to be accurate and consistent throughout the case.
  • Understanding “discovery” and its impact on the case.
  • Understanding the time restraints and investigative limits of officers and how to respect their time.
  • Understanding the painful reality that family members may be suspects and may be investigated.
  • Additional problems and emotional pain that may be caused by the accused/ defense, false allegations, the media, and public interest in the case.
  • How to handle intimidation during testimony/during the trial and tactics that may be used by the defense.
  • The “impact statement.”

Video Menu

Chapter 1 - Victims' Stories (9 min.)

Chapter 2 - In the Aftermath of Crime (13 min.)

  • Introduction
  • Eliminating Suspects
  • Who’s Who in the Investigation
  • Being Open with Information
  • Keeping Notes
  • Putting the Case Together

Chapter 3 - The Criminal Justice System (55 min.)

  • Introduction
  • Arraignment
  • Charging Decisions
  • Pre-Trial Hearings
  • The Presumption of Innocence
  • Pre-Trial Motions
  • Delays, Continuances and Special Considerations
  • Role of the DA
  • Role of the Defense
  • Role of the Judge
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Rights of the Defendant
  • Victims’ Rights / Marsy's Law
  • Unsolved Cases

Chapter 4 - Trial (15 min.)

  • Jury Selection and the Trial Process
  • Conviction
  • Victim Impact Statements
  • Sentencing

Chapter 5 - Enduring (5 min.)

Chapter 6 - Glossary and Terminology (3 min.)