Concern and outreach for victims is also extended by the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole, which places high priority on advocacy for victims' rights, extending compassion to those affected by crime. It hosts "visitor's days," which allow victims to speak with the board. This effort brings state government to victims and their families.
Regardless of the locality where crime occurs, the impact on victims and survivors alters their lives and in some instances, changes them forever. For these reasons, law enforcement professionals and victim services personnel must be proactive in utilizing practical strategies and effective response mechanisms to ensure that crime victims are treated with the sensitivity, dignity and the respect they deserve.
Karen Bune is a victim specialist at the State's Attorney's Office for Prince George's County, Maryland. She teaches victimology at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, as well as at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She can be reached at email@example.com.