Access to language services for victims of crimes is imperative to protecting survivors from continually being victimized and to stop perpetrators from reoffending. Limited English proficient immigrants, particularly those that are afraid of deportation, are at a greater risk of being targeted by criminals because these perpetrators know they will be reluctant to seek protection from the police. The result of under reporting crimes to law enforcement means that victims remain unaware of the access to services and justice, and the offenders are not held accountable.
In this module, interpreters will learn about the function of Victim Services. We will also look at the different settings in which interpreters may be assigned to interpret. Interpreters will learn tips on how to avoid retraumatizing the victim and self care techniques to avoid vicarious trauma when interpreting traumatic events.