Victim Impact Program
Law enforcement has a special obligation to the most vulnerable
crime victims. In addition to seeking justice for them, law
enforcement must treat them with the utmost dignity and compassion.
To that end, the District Attorney’s Office has established the
Victim Impact Program (VIP) to handle cases involving elder abuse,
child abuse, hate crimes, sex crimes, stalking, and family violence.
VIP designates specially trained deputy district attorneys at
branch and area offices to vertically prosecute these targeted cases.
Vertical prosecution – when one deputy district attorney handles a
case from beginning to end – helps put victims at ease and provides
more effective prosecutions of highly sensitive cases.
VIP augments the efforts of special prosecution units downtown,
which handle the most egregious of these kinds of cases. VIP has
doubled the number of specially trained prosecutors to handle these
cases and ensures that perpetrators and victims of highly traumatic
crimes receive expert attention no matter where the crime occurs in
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02 Jun 2011
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