Taught course

Working with Victims of Crime: Theory, Policy and Practice (Distance Learning)

University of Portsmouth · School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Short course

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered and applicants will be asked to submit a Personal Statement outlining their relevant professional experience and related qualifications.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 7.0.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content


Most criminal justice professionals have an opportunity, at some point in the criminal justice process, to improve the experiences of victims of crime.

On this Working with Victims of Crime online short course, you'll gain an insight into the difficulties and challenges faced by victims of crime, whether they choose to report it or not. You'll also start to unpack theories around victimisation and the impact of crime, and develop skills that will enhance your professional practices and culture when working with victims of crime.

The credits from this course can contribute towards a Criminal Psychology and Victimology Master's degree.

What You'll Experience

On this short course you'll get:

  • an understanding of the processes of victimisation and how this informs both informal and formal responses to victims of crime
  • an appreciation of the impact of victimisation and an understanding of the criminal justice process from a victim perspective.
  • a critical appreciation of the impact of reforms and knowledge of policies and legislation
  • a critical understanding of the impact of reforms on professional cultures and practices

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Short course
    part time
    3 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566