Victim Advocate Code of Ethics, Credentialing & Victim-Witness Job Descriptions

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.

Questions about VWAP Credentialing or the VWAP Code of Ethics?

For questions about VWAP Credentialing or the VWAP Code of Ethics, contact Carla Rieffel at crieffel@pacga.org.