Victim Awareness Unit

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Agency Overview I completed my internship with the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office on the Victims Witness Unit. The Victim Witness Unit is located at the Cobb County Courthouse in the Marietta Square. The address is 70 Haynes Street, Marietta, GA 30090. The main phone number to the VWU is (770) 528-3047 and the unit director’s name is Kimberly McCoy. My supervisor’s name is Susan Stern; she works as an advocate in the Special Victim’s Unit. Susan is the person in charge of the internship sector of the unit and is responsible for interviewing, hiring and overlooking the interns, along with her advocate responsibilities. The advocates I worked with, Beth Reid, Kristen Bertsch, Janet Izaguirre and Margaret Poteet all work alongside, or …show more content…
The mission statement of the Cobb County VWU states that the unit’s mission “is to liaison and educate our community in achieving a society of non-violence” (Prosecutorial Victim Advocacy Unit n.d.). Additionally, the VWU states that their service “principles and mission objectives are designed to empower individuals who have been directly and/or indirectly impacted by crime” (Prosecutorial Victim Advocacy Unit n.d.). The main goal of this unit explained on their website is “primarily empowerment and prevention and ultimately to stop the cycle of violence in our community” (Prosecutorial Victim Advocacy Unit n.d.). Kimberly McCoy gave us interns a pamphlet that she created that explains more in depth the main mission of the Victim Witness Unit, it …show more content…
The minimum qualifications that are required to become a victim advocate with Cobb County is a Bachelor’s degree in either Psychology, Social Services, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or Sociology, it is also requested that the candidate has at least a year of prior work experience in a judicial system or working with victims and with handling case work. According to Kimberly McCoy’s employment opportunity listing on the Austell Community Taskforce website, “additional years of experience in the field may substitute for a portion of the required experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience” will suffice (Austell Community Taskforce 2015). From a personal perspective, I was informed that completing your internship with the VWU of Cobb County does meet the hiring requirements accompanied with the proper college degree and any in-house training that accompanies the

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