Homicide Victims Impact Training


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Homicide Victims Impact Training Through Cold Case Public Unit. This is a Certificate Course and can be used in understanding the Impact on Families that have Been Victimized through Homicide.

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  • Unit 12: Homicide Required time for course is 2.5 Hours. Objectives: Define Homicide, Provide Examples of Homicides, Describe Current Trends for Homicide Crimes, Explain the Impact of Homicide on Victims and Survivors, Discuss Thoughts and Feelings About Being Held Accountable for Homicide Crimes. These are the things that not only the victims go through but that also those who have committed these crimes must go through as well.
  • Group Discussion: Participants may read out loud quotes on pgs. 82-83 in the workbooks. Discuss what was the impact of the victimization on the individuals. What if the crime was committed against Participants Families?
  • Participants may want to discuss this as we go through these different idea’s about how she may be feeling.
  • Participants may want to discuss personal experiences as well as the experience of Peggy’s family after Joey’s Murder.
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  • Participants might want to discuss this and what the impact and long term effects have been on Amy.
  • Participants may want to discuss about how the physical body can be impacted from such stresses.
  • Participants can discuss how these affects made them feel and if they had any similar situations.
  • Participants read and discuss the emotional feelings and physical feelings they have on them.
  • Discuss with the Participants how this worksheet makes them feel and how they were responding to the reaction of others or themselves.
  • Discuss how it impacted you and how it could have affected the others in the prior stories.
  • Introducing the speaker on Homicide and wrap up the class. Any last words or questions or statements from participants.
  • Homicide Victims Impact Training

    1. 1. How to handle being a victim or knowing a victim who has been affected by Homicide. These can be Family, Friends, Co-Workers, or total Strangers. <br />HomicideVictims Impact Class <br />
    2. 2. What is Homicide?<br /><ul><li>Homicide is defined as: Murder: Killing another person with prior intent to kill that particular victim or anyone who gets in the way and with no legal excuse or authority.
    3. 3. Manslaughter: Killing another person without prior intent to kill.
    4. 4. Voluntary Manslaughter: Involves killing another person in the heat of passion or while in the act of committing another felony crime.
    5. 5. Involuntary Manslaughter: Involves killing another person while committing an illegal activity that is not a felony. </li></li></ul><li>Words To Know<br /><ul><li>Convictim: The loved ones or people associated with the event who are left behind after a homicide.
    6. 6. Homicide: The killing of another person.
    7. 7. Homicide Survivor: (The same as Convictim)
    8. 8. Murder: The killing of another person with the intent to kill.
    9. 9. Manslaughter: Unlawfully killing a person without prior intent to kill.
    10. 10. Ripple Effect: The Impact on others associated with the victim, such as co-workers, classmates, casual acquaintances, or neighbors.
    11. 11. Survivor Reactions: Responses, such as, thoughts, feelings, physical, emotional, about the murder of the loved one, friend or acquaintance. </li></li></ul><li>Group Discussion<br /><ul><li>Death Notification Process
    12. 12. Identification of the Body
    13. 13. Funeral Arrangements
    14. 14. The Media
    15. 15. An Unsolved Cases
    16. 16. What other issues can you think of?
    17. 17. How do you think your family would deal with these issues?</li></li></ul><li>Homicide News : Homicide Trends<br />
    18. 18. Example of Homicide<br /><ul><li>Participants Workbook Pages 82-83 Includes: Definitions and Personal Stories.
    19. 19. Questions: Who was the primary victim?
    20. 20. Who else may have been harmed by the offender?
    21. 21. How was the victim harmed?
    22. 22. What do you think the victim is experiencing ?
    23. 23. Please take Notes</li></li></ul><li>What is the Impact of Homicide?<br />Homicide creates a ripple effect throughout several areas in victims’ lives: financial, physical, emotional, religious and spiritual, etc. <br />
    24. 24. Make an Impact List<br />Make a list of some other ways the victims may be impacted and we will read them out loud, along with examples. <br />
    25. 25. Financial <br /><ul><li>Temporary or permanent job loss
    26. 26. Out of pocket costs
    27. 27. Travel expenses related to trial and parole hearings
    28. 28. Loss of the family home
    29. 29. ?
    30. 30. ?
    31. 31. ?</li></li></ul><li>Physical<br /><ul><li>Stomach Pain
    32. 32. Headaches
    33. 33. Eating Disorders
    34. 34. Sleeping Issues
    35. 35. ?
    36. 36. ?
    37. 37. ?</li></li></ul><li>Emotional <br /><ul><li>Guilt/self-blame
    38. 38. Shame
    39. 39. Lack of Trust
    40. 40. Depression
    41. 41. Changes in Personal Values
    42. 42. Hyper-vigilance
    43. 43. ?
    44. 44. ?</li></li></ul><li>Religious/Spiritual<br /><ul><li>Questioning the goodness of others
    45. 45. Reevaluating basic values/beliefs
    46. 46. Issues about Forgiveness
    47. 47. Hate
    48. 48. Punishment Values
    49. 49. ?
    50. 50. ?</li></li></ul><li>Was anyone you know a Victim of Homicide or a Survivor of Homicide? <br />How has that impacted them or if it was you how has that impacted you?<br />
    51. 51. Peggy’s son Joey’s Murder<br />Joey was murdered in an Arson Fire<br />
    52. 52. Peggy’s Son Joey Was Killed in an Arson Crime<br /><ul><li>What was the impact of Joey’s Murder on Peggy his mother?</li></ul>It was extremely difficult for her to understand how the murderer’s intended victim survived while Joey was Senselessly murdered.<br />She is very angry because she is a law abiding citizen, and her son was an upstanding young man.<br />She feels as though “We’ve been punished for the rest of our lives because of someone we didn’t even know.”<br />She is very sad because she knows the painful circumstances of Joey’s Death from smoke inhalation, and the memory will stay with her for the rest of her life. <br />
    53. 53. Joey’s Murder Continued…<br /><ul><li>What was the “Domino Effect” of Joey’s Murder on Peggy’s Family?</li></ul>Her daughter has had to sleep with her since she saw her brother’s murderer at the trial.<br />Her daughter’s victim impact statement at sentencing was Heartbreaking.<br />How else may it have effected the family?<br />
    54. 54. Joey’s Murder Continued…<br /><ul><li>How can Offenders Demonstrate Accountability and remorse for killing someone?</li></ul>They should not address their victim’s surviving members in court unless they are truly sorry. Saying “He would pray for us” was an insult to Peggy and her Family. <br />
    55. 55. Myrtle’s Daughter Nanette’s Murder<br />Nanette was murdered by two women who she was trying to stop from arguing. Nanette had M.S. and could not defend herself. <br />
    56. 56. Myrtle’s daughter, Nanette, was murdered While attempting to stop an argument between two women <br /><ul><li>When Nanette was murdered what was the emotional Impact of this crime on Myrtle?</li></ul>She was very angry because Nanette had Multiple Sclerosis and could not defend herself. <br />She was upset because the murderer showed no remorse.<br />
    57. 57. Nanette’s Murder Continued...<br /><ul><li>When a victim/survivor is an elder, how might the impact of this crime be aggravated?</li></ul>Older people are not generally as strong as young people, so the impact may cause additional physical aggravations or ailments.<br />Most older parents believe they will die before their children, so the loss of a child—particularly in a violent manner is devastating.<br />
    58. 58. Nanette’s Murder Continued…<br /><ul><li>What could Nanette’s Murderer do to be accountable?</li></ul>Apologize to Myrtle and her family.<br />When she is released from Prison, live a life free from crime, and be a good mother to her son. <br />
    59. 59. Amy’s Sister Jill’s Murder<br />Jill was raped, tortured and murdered. <br />
    60. 60. Amy’s Sister Jill Was Raped Tortured, and Murdered 8 years ago<br /><ul><li>What was the Emotional Impact of Jill’s Rape and Murder on Amy?</li></ul>The crime has had a long term impact on her…”8 years ago, its seems like yesterday.” Amy Said. <br />Amy became Suicidal<br />
    61. 61. Jill’s Rape and Murder Continued…<br /><ul><li>How did the Emotional Stress affect Amy Physically? </li></ul>Amy developed dermatitis, a serious skin disease.<br />She grinds her jaw, which is a sign of stress. <br />
    62. 62. Jill’s Rape and Murder Continued…<br /><ul><li>What was the “Domino Effect” of Jill’s Murder on Amy’s Family? </li></ul>Her mother committed suicide.<br />Her older sister became “agoraphobic”(A person who is incapable of leaving the safety of home).<br />Her brother became and alcoholic.<br />Amy says, “ There is not just one victim. You’re not just stopping at one person…more than 200 people were affected by her (Jill’s) loss.”<br />
    63. 63. Offenders Being Accountable for their crimes<br /><ul><li>Homicide is a crime of CHOICE. It is the direct or indirect decision and behavior to harm a person that results in DEATH the ultimate loss. The result of this choice has long term and intense emotional impacts on convictims and survivors. No one has the right to kill another person no matter what the circumstances are. </li></li></ul><li>Accountability Statements to Families of Victims<br />We will take some time to read these statements and to share how we feel if we have been a victim or are a member of a victims family or just a participant in this impact class. <br />
    64. 64. Activity A<br /><ul><li>OBJECTIVE: Participants focus on typical reactions of Homicide Survivors.
    65. 65. Compare the “ Reactions to My Murder” worksheet in your workbooks. </li></li></ul><li>Activity B<br /><ul><li>OBJECTIVE: Participants experience what it is like to plan a cremation, burial service, ceremony, or memorial.
    66. 66. Complete the Plan a Funeral worksheet in your workbooks. </li></li></ul><li>Activity C<br /><ul><li>OBJECTIVE: Apply what you have learned about crime thus far by identifying types of crimes.</li></ul>Choose three types of crimes, such as Burglary, Sexual Assault, and Homicide and write down on individual sheets. Place the correct statements that I will give you under the correct crimes. Then we will discuss the groups agreements and disagreements. Continued… <br />
    67. 67. Activity C Continued…<br /><ul><li>These are the statements you will place under the correct crimes.
    68. 68. This has been the worst thing that has ever happened in my life.
    69. 69. I’m not getting much help with my expenses.
    70. 70. I have trouble concentrating at work.
    71. 71. Maybe if I had been more careful, this wouldn’t have happened.
    72. 72. I’ve bought personal mace for protection. (Continued…)</li></li></ul><li>Activity C Continued…<br /><ul><li>People treat me Differently
    73. 73. The media was outside of my house after the trial.
    74. 74. I think I will always be afraid
    75. 75. I don’t want my name in the paper or on TV
    76. 76. Its difficult to focus and spend time with my kids; I get distracted easily
    77. 77. I’ve bought a dog for protection
    78. 78. My friends say that I’ve changed
    79. 79. I was re-victimized by the responding police officers
    80. 80. I don’t know how to tell my family
    81. 81. I never thought I would be a victim
    82. 82. The material losses are the last thing on my mind
    83. 83. I don’t look forward to the days ahead
    84. 84. I’ve bought a gun for protection
    85. 85. I found the criminal justice system confusing.</li></li></ul><li>Acknowledgements<br />We Gratefully Acknowledge the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice<br />Cold Case Public Unit gratefully acknowledges the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, for allowing us to reproduce, in part or in whole, the Unit 12: Homicide Facilitator Handbook and the Video’s related to the Unit, Peggy’s Son Joel Murdered by Arson Crime, Myrtle’s Daughter Nanette Murdered by two woman while trying to break up a fight, Amy’s sister Jill Raped, Tortured, Murdered 8 years ago. The full text is available online by visiting the OVC TTAC Web site at www.ovcttac.gov/victimimpact/presenters_toolbox.cfm.<br />