When individuals are the victims of crimes, Victim Services Specialists help them cope with the trauma of the situation and navigate the world of social service agencies, the justice system, and health care so that they receive the assistance they need.
The Role of the Victim Services Specialist
If you become a Victim Services Specialist, you will serve the important role of communicating with victims, police officers, service providers, and others, to ensure that the victim receives the best treatment possible following the crime. In many cases, you’ll serve a case worker of sorts, following up on referrals and preparing documents for case files. Most of all, you are an advocate for another person in a time of great need.
Typical Educational Pathways for Victim Services
There is no one degree that will qualify you to become a Victim Services Specialist, but a bachelor’s degree in a related field, like criminal justice, social work, or psychology is a good start. A master’s degree in social work or counseling can also be helpful. While courses in fields related to victim services can be important for getting a job in the field, they can also be an important part of determining whether or not the field of victim services is right for you to begin with.
By choosing to become a Victim Services Specialist, you’re choosing to help people when they are at their most vulnerable. The service you provide will be invaluable to others, and for some people and perhaps you’re one of them – there’s nothing more personally or professionally rewarding than that.
Feel free to review the Social Worker career profile, as these two career paths are very similar.