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Supporting Victims of Crime with Cognitive Disability

This course is underpinned by the rights of people with disabilities to have access to justice and to be free from exploitation, violence and abuse.

It is designed to build workers' knowledge regarding the increased risk of victimisation of people with cognitive disabilities, the barriers to accessing justice and the rights of victims. It will also provide workers with skills to respond to disclosures and knowledge about the support needs of clients at different stages during the criminal justice process.

The course will be interactive and will use a range of activities, videos and case studies to assist in building knowledge and skills.

Course Outcome

By the end of this workshop it is expected that participants will:

  • Understand the prevalence of crime and barriers to accessing justice for victims with a cognitive disability
  • Understand best practice in responding to a disclosure from a victim
  • Have knowledge of the support needs of a victim of crime at the police station and the role of a support person
  • Have knowledge of the support needs of a victim of crime through the court process and the role of a support person
  • Understand the support needs of a victim of crime following the court process

Who should attend?

This course has been developed for workers within the disability sector, who may be required to support people who have been victims of crimes, to access the criminal justice system. It is also relevant for other community service workers who work with victims of crime, but who do not have specific experience working with people with cognitive disabilities.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.