The Victim Awareness Course is a rehabilitative course designed for low level offences to reduce reoffending through victim empathy, putting the victim at the heart of the system, and improving the offender’s thinking skills.
Victim Awareness is about understanding the impact of crime on a victim or potential victims. Rehabilitation in this context is about effecting positive change in offenders.
The offenders referred for the Victim Awareness Course have received an out of court disposal order due to committing one of the following offences:
- Low-value theft
- Common assault
- Public order offences under section 4a and section 5 of the Public Order Act
- Low-value criminal damage
The Victim Awareness Course is for people who have received an ‘Out of Court Disposal’; which will consist of either a Community Resolution or a Conditional Caution. An Out of Court Disposal order is part of the police Restorative Justice Process approach.
The benefits of out of court disposals are reduced court costs, victim satisfaction, the reduction in reoffending and quick & effective resolution.
- Duration: 3 hours
- Up to 12 participants
- Price dependent on police force area
- Online Virtual Classroom interactive course
- We deliver the scheme in Gwent, North Wales, South Wales
Find out how TTC's Victim Awareness Course supports the NPCC two-tier national strategy. The Victim Awareness Course has been developed to be simple to implement, using a tried and tested delivery model.
Established Victim Awareness Course referral templates supplied to each subscribing Force, reducing the administrative burden of referring Out of Court Disposals.
Reasons to attend
No criminal record. This course is an alternative to prosecution.
Online course delivery, from the safety of your own home.
Flexible course dates and start times to meet your individual needs
Flexible course payments
I’ve been in trouble with the Police a couple of times, and after being caught stealing, the Officer said I should complete a Victim Awareness Course. Before the course I’d never thought about how my behaviour was hurting other people. Now I understand that when I get drunk, I keep making life more difficult for myself, so I need to make better decisions and stop making problems for my family.
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Understand how current behaviour and choices negatively impacts the victim, friends and family.
Recognise the potential risks and consequences to themselves if current behaviour continues.
Gain an increased understanding of what factors, such as peer pressure, excessive drinking and harmful social trends lead to Police involvement.
Be able to identify potentially disruptive situations and develop strategies to avoid repeating behaviour that will cause harmm to others.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- How soon can I book my course?
You can book as soon as TTC has received your referral. This usually with 72 hours of the community resolution or conditional caution being issued by the police.
If you are unable to book online, please either use the webchat facility or call TTC on 02922 940020.
- When should I book a course?
You only have 14 days from the date of your offence to book a course, and 12 weeks to complete a course to meet the requirements of your Out of Court Disposal order.
- What happens if I don't attend a course?
Failure to attend and complete the course in full means that you have not met the terms of the Out of Court Disposal order.
This will result in your file being returned to the police for consideration to be escalated court action.
- Will the course attendance show up on a DBS?
Clients attending the course will have their record on the Police National Computer updated to show ‘Educational Course’. Educational Courses are not disclosable on a standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Educational Courses are not automatically disclosable on an Enhanced DBS check and it is highly unlikely that it would be deemed relevant and proportionate to disclose as ‘approved information’. Circumstances where it may become relevant for disclosure is if it is additive to information regarding a history and pattern of behaviour which indicates a risk to children or the vulnerable in a role which requires an enhanced disclosure.
- How much will the course cost?
The Victim Awareness Course cost is £60.00.
If you wish to pay by instalments, a non-refundable minimum deposit of £30.00 is required at time of booking.
The course fee must be paid in full at least 14 days prior to the course start date or your place will be cancelled, and you will forfeit any fees paid.
- Are any costs incurred to alter a booking?
You have 14 days from date of original booking to alter / rearrange a booking free of charge.
Any changes after 14 days or before 14 days of the course date will result in a £30.00 rearrangement fee.
Any changes within 14 days of the course date will result in £60.00 rearrangement fee.
- How and where are the courses delivered?
The courses are delivered in a virtual classroom online through Zoom. If you feel or think you might not be able to participate in an online virtual classroom, please call one of our customer care team on 02922 940020 who will help discuss alternative arrangements.
- How long is the course?
The Victim Awareness Course lasts for 3 hours, including registration and a short break part way through the course.
- How long do I get to book and complete the course?
You have 14 days from the date of your offence to book onto a course.
You must have completed a course within 12 weeks of the offence date.
TTC has no control over the completion date, this will be set by the Police.
- Who should attend?
Anyone who has been issued with a referral notice to attend a Victim Awareness Course by the police as part of a community resolution or conditional caution.
- How is the course delivered?
The interactive workshop is relaxed and informative and facilitated by a licenced trainer. There is no police involvement.
- Are the any specific course requirements?
You must arrive 15 minutes early for registration. Late arrivals will be refused entry and their case may be referred back to the police.
You must bring photo identification, such as a valid passport, on each day of the course.
If you do not have photographic ID, you must bring along with you two other forms of identification such as a recent utility bill, bank statement and/or debit/credit card.
Failure to produce such identification will result in your exclusion from the course.
This is a theory-only, classroom-based course with no test.
Terms and conditions
This is a quick glance of the course requirements. For more details, refer to our Terms & Conditions.
- 13. Do the Police run this course?
The police are not involved in the delivery of the course, however, they will be notified once you have attended and completed to ensure that no further action is taken against you for this incident.
- What happens if the course is cancelled?
In the event of your course being cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, we will reschedule it as soon as possible free of charge.
We will email or call all course participants, advising of the re-arrangement, with as much notice as is practically possible.
- Can I do the course in another language?
Courses are delivered in the English language. In Gwent, North and South Wales, some courses are also available in the Welsh language. If your understanding of English is not sufficient to be able to understand and participate in the course then you can bring a friend or family member to act as a translator for you free of charge. You must inform us that you are bringing someone with you to translate.
If you have notified us that you are bringing an interpreter, this must be the person named on the booking. They must bring photo ID and be aged 16 or over.
If you arrive at the course without an interpreter and the trainer feels that you are unable to understand them and the course content sufficiently then you will be unable to complete the course. This is because it is important for all participants to be able to understand the trainer and the course content in order to gain the intended experience and knowledge from the session.