Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


The lack of awareness of services and procedures of the criminal justice system causes victims of crime to not make reports to law enforcement. The Victims of Crime Unit in the District Attorney’s office provides support and services to victims in hopes to help reduce the trauma and insensitive treatment they may endure in Monterey County. The purpose of this project was to inform the creation of a training geared to increase awareness of the needs of victims of crime to the employees in the Victims of Crime Unit. The project consisted of a series of interviews with victims and the subsequent development of training materials for the victim advocates based on participants' responses. The interviews revealed that improvements within the District Attorney’s Office should be made. It is recommended that future training for victim advocates include more information be initially given to victims of who and what is being communicated to them.