Consolidated Standards FAQ's #4

  • Capital Case they have to be knowledgeable about Program Requirement #1 if they are not funded to provide the service?

    As found in the Ethical Standards for Victim Services Program Staff:
    4.02 Collaboration and Networking
    (a) Victim services program staff shall work in collaboration with other groups and organizations to further the mission of the victim rights movement.
    (b) Victim service program staff shall have a working knowledge of related systems that impact victims/survivors of crime.

    As with all services, a victim advocate should be as knowledgeable as possible to provide the best advocacy possible and to know where to refer to for services.

  • Confidentiality...does the victim need to sign off for the counselor/advocate to use that particular situation for case review?

    Exceptions for release of information, which do not require the victim's prior written consent can be written into your policy.

  • Mental Health (last section under Release, Transfer & Escape Notification)...where do the mental health forms go after they are completed? Who is responsible for getting them there?

    A. It indicates on the form that it should be mailed to the hospital where the offender has been admitted and provides the addresses and telephone numbers for hospitals.

    B. Since this is voluntary for victims, it would be up to the victim to follow through with registering.

  • Training section 1-b-i -Is the NOVA/KCIT training required for crime scene response & debriefing?

    Yes, NOVA and KCIT training is not limited to providing services to family members of homicide victims.