Victim Assistance Unit: Value Statements
The Victim Assistance Unit is dedicated through professionalism, honor and integrity, with community partners, to consistently and positively impact the quality of life for the citizens of Kansas City, Missouri by assisting crime victims, witnesses, survivors, families and neighborhoods experiencing violent crime or trauma.
The Victim Assistance Unit envisions a compassionate, victim-centered approach to police work by focusing on the needs and validating the concerns of all persons impacted by violent crimes from the discovery and investigation of a reported crime through prosecution and adjudication in the criminal justice system.
1. Assist victims, witnesses, survivors, families and neighborhoods in recovering from the trauma of victimization.
2. Encourage victims and witnesses to participate in the criminal justice process.
3. Increase the quality of justice by addressing the emotional and social needs of crime victims, witnesses, survivors and their families.
4. Inform law enforcement professionals, volunteers, interns and the public, through trauma informed care, about the effects of crime victimization and the services provided by the Victim Assistance Unit.
5. Assist first responding officers, detectives and other police personnel by facilitating victim-centered support to victims, witnesses, survivors, families and neighborhoods.
Provide crisis intervention, referrals to support services, and information regarding victim rights, compensation and the criminal justice system to any victim, witness or survivor of a violent crime who has suffered physical, psychological, or economic harm as a direct result of a criminal offense.
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