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OVW-Collaboration-Resource-Package-Sept-2016

OVW-Collaboration-Resource-Package-Sept-2016

COLLABORATION BETWEEN

COLLABORATION BETWEEN VICTIM ADVOCATES AND SEX OFFENDER MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS: A SNAPSHOT OF THE NATIONAL LANDSCAPE Preventing and responding to sexual violence requires collaboration between stakeholders with a range of roles, responsibilities, and interests. For example, intervening with individuals who have committed sex offenses often involves partnerships between supervision officers (i.e., probation or parole officers) and sex offense-specific treatment providers. Partnerships between these criminal justice practitioners alone do not capitalize on the valuable perspectives and expertise of those who provide advocacy and services to sexual assault survivors. Meaningful collaboration between victim advocates and sex offender management professionals can help address safety needs and other interests for survivors, enhance interventions for individuals who have committed sex offenses, build community capacity to respond to sexual violence, and support public safety and prevention goals. While recognized as a “best practice,” little is known about current practice trends, viewpoints, and opportunities regarding collaboration. Hence, to obtain a snapshot of the national landscape, needs assessments were distributed to victim advocates and service providers, sex offense-specific treatment providers, and supervision officers throughout the country, 1 with over 850 practitioners responding. The findings across disciplines were strikingly consistent and are highlighted below. 1. Victim advocates, sex offense-specific treatment providers, and supervision officers appreciate the value of collaboration, but acknowledge that such practices are limited currently. • Most (87-96%) agree that multidisciplinary collaboration is effective in reducing re-offense among individuals who perpetrate sex offenses; • Few (8-13%) perceive that collaborative activities occur routinely in their communities; and • Roughly all (98-99%) concur that increased collaboration is needed currently to promote more victim-centered approaches. 1 A total of 859 individuals responded: 323 representing victim advocacy/services, 370 from the sex offensespecific treatment community, and 166 probation/parole representatives. 8

Are Multidisciplinary Collaborative Approaches Effective in Reducing Recidivism among Persons who Commit Sex Offenses? Victim Advocates 87% Sex Offender Treatment Providers 96% Probation/Parole Officers 92% % % % % % Percentage of Respondents in Agreement How Often do you Believe Victim Advocates and Sex Offender Management Professionals Collaborate in your Community? Always, Often 10% Rarely, Never 10% Sometimes 28% Victim Advocates’ Perspectives 9

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