Parallel Justice For Victims of Crime

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The idea behind Parallel Justice



Each year, tremendous amounts of money and energy are spent on the investigation, prosecution, imprisonment and rehabilitation of perpetrators of crime, yet only a tiny fraction of that effort goes to supporting crime victims. The words “Parallel Justice” were coined by Susan Herman, the former Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, to describe the need for a system that worked parallel to the criminal justice system, one that would meet victims' needs every step of the way.  

There are several place to learn more about the philosophy behind Parallel Justice.

National Resources

The National Center for Victims of Crime has been instrumental in supporting this new vision of justice for victims of crime. Burlington was one of one of 3 pilot sites chosen to explore ways the principles of Parallel Justice could be put into practice. Through the support of the Office of Victims of Crime and funding from the Victims of Crime Act, the Burlington project has begun its 5th year of providing an innovative and integrated response to victims of crime. NCVC's website also has useful strategies for those making the case to start a similar program in their communities.


Parallel Justice in other communities

Would you like to bring Parallel Justice to your area? From introducing the concepts and assisting in planning a program in your area, to helping facilitate its implementation, Susan Herman is available to help do just that.

Do you want to learn more about how Parallel Justice in Burlington works? Do you want to incorporate aspects of Parallel Justice in a Vermont community? Contact Rain Banbury, to learn more about the path Parallel Justice took in Burlington, and ways you might replicate it in your neck of the woods.