The Court may order a juvenile to attend the Victim Awareness Program when the offense that was committed involves a victim.

Juveniles are required to attend and participate in order to successfully complete the program. During the sessions the juveniles will gain awareness of their delinquent acts and how they have negatively affected their victims, the community and themselves. The juveniles are encouraged to accept responsibility while participating in activities geared to help them to understand the consequences of their actions. 

The program focuses on understanding the victims’ point of view, decision-making, and how consequences are directly and indirectly related to one's actions. Once a juvenile has completed the program, it is expected that he or she will use the information learned to become more successful in life by using the tools provided to make better decisions in the future.

The Victim Awareness Program is intended for juveniles ages 13-18 who are currently involved with the Juvenile Justice System. It is a Court-based program consisting of four 2-hour classes scheduled once per week over a 5-week period.

Although, the main goal of this program is to help juveniles understand how the offender has affected the victim (and the victim’s family) and learn what it is that victims would like to see happen.

There are additional goals that we want to help the juvenile achieve as well. The class is focused on decision-making and how consequences – good and bad – occur for every choice they make. Juveniles learn strategies for how to recognize that they have choices and how to take responsibility for their own actions.

Topics covered include:

  • Making Better Choices
  • The Ripple Effect
  • Property Crimes
  • Proactive Thinking
  • Accepting Responsibility
  • Anger Management
  • Learning what you can and can't control

This program is open by referral only through Probation, Intake, Diversion, or Mediation. For questions about this program, please contact Dana Wisecarver via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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