Victim Studies

Program Overview

In the recent decades, victim voices are heard more than ever before. Victims and victim-families require advocates and service providers that can assist them in understanding their rights, informing them through the various processes and resources available, and developing programs and policies in response. This certificate is ideal for the individual who wishes to expand upon their current knowledge of criminal justice, criminology, or law to focus more so on effective ways to support victims and victim-focused organizations or departments. 

Potential careers include positions in victim-focused organizations, advocacy, social work, activism, restorative justice, juvenile victim and offender management, and a vase selection of government and non-government opportunities.

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Required Courses
Meet Our Faculty

Required Courses

  • VCT 601 – Victim Studies
  • VCT 602 – Trauma and Its Effects
  • Plus two electives as approved by the Director

Meet Our Faculty

David Armstrong

Lecturer
Criminal Justice

Mark Beaudry, Ph.D.

Lecturer
School of Professional Studies

Guy Bibeau

Paxton Police Department, Supervisor
Campus Police
(508) 793-3133

Dawn Brown

Lecturer
Sociology

Tracy Casey

Lecturer
Health Emergency Management

William Castro

Interim Director of Undergraduate Criminal Justice Programs
Criminal Justice

Lucy DelRossi

Lecturer
Criminal Justice

Patrick DePalo

Lecturer, Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice

Carol Erskine

Lecturer
Criminal Justice

Frank Frederickson

Lecturer
Criminal Justice

Vincent Gorgoglione

Lecturer
Health & Emergency Management

James Markowski

Lecturer
Criminal Justice

William McCarthy

Lecturer
Criminal Justice

Christopher Mills

Lecturer
Criminal Justice

Ann Marie Mires

Director, Molly Bish Center; Program Director, Forensic Criminology
Forensic Criminology
(508) 849-3434

Francis Olive

Lecturer
Criminal Justice

Seth Racusen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice
(508) 849-3373

Lori Reando

Administrative Assistant in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice

Jason Silvestri

Lecturer
Health & Emergency Management

Dianne White, M.A.,J.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice
(508) 849-3417