As members of the prosecution team and with the specific responsibility to provide assistance to victims of crime as provided by the laws of this State and with all rights, duties and obligations appertaining to prosecutors' offices, victim advocates have an inherent responsibility to understand the importance of the prosecution's goal and adherence to ethical principles. “[T]he goal of the prosecutor is the protection of the public, but adherence to ethical principles is the essential means of obtaining that goal.” – Cardozo Law Review, at 1997. Additionally, as the field of victim advocacy continuously becomes more established, it is equally important that the statewide standardization of the field develops through credentialing certification processes and outlined job duties within our offices. The Victim Services Committee has therefore established the following to be available for District Attorney and Solictor-General offices statewide for their use in Victim Witness Assistance Programs.
For questions about VWAP Credentialing or the VWAP Code of Ethics, contact Rita Davis-Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org.