Working with victims of crime: A manual applying research to clinical practice (Second Edition)

Foreword to the Second Edition

In the Foreword to the original manual, I discussed the challenges that face people who work with victims of crime. This second edition basically follows the structure and approach of the original manual, but incorporates new information, research and advances in the field. The goal was to keep the general structure, length and spirit of the original manual intact while providing new resources that workers might use. This will help us to understand how we can better partner with victims of crime to help them move forward.

Keeping up-to-date with advances is a basic part in developing a professional model of service delivery. We can stay current through consultation, supervision, workshops and self-study. I have intentionally added more references to key points so that readers can use them as a jumping-off point to do further reading in that specific area. I strongly recommend workers use this manual as a beginning of further learning.

The interpretations in this document are solely those of the author and are not necessarily those of the Department of Justice Canada or its employees.