In May, the National Center and the CNA Institute for Public Research conducted a focus group with prosecutors from around the country, eliciting their perspectives on service provision and relationships with crime victim communities, violent crime reduction, and related agency TTA needs.
Below are a number of key takeaways. Read the full focus groups report here.
Victim and witness cooperation are complex issues often preventing successful prosecution of violent crime cases
TTA focused on promising practices for reducing victim and witness fear, intimidation, and lack of trust in the justice system is needed
Prosecutor agencies should identify community-based resources that meet the needs of victims of violent crime and determine how best to link victims with those resources, which will build trust in the system
Prosecutors believe TTA should focus on law enforcement and improving their utilization of trauma-informed, empathetic, and supportive practices and culture, though newer prosecutors could use TTA on effectively communicating with victims as well
For new and foundational TTA, in-person delivery is most appropriate; virtual delivery is appropriate for presenting updated and/or advanced TTA content
Stay tuned for future resources!