by Stephanie Headley, Director of Victim Advocacy, CONNSACS
Connecticut is the only state to utilize sexual assault victim advocates throughout their state parole and probation sex offender management programs. What began as an innovative pilot program in 1998 between sexual assault victim advocates, probation, and treatment providers has developed into a nationally-recognized model for the supervision of sex offenders.
Connecticut’s Sex Offender Supervision Unit/Parole Special Management Units consists of Probation/Parole Officers who supervise sex offenders, treatment providers from the Center for the Treatment of Problem Sexual Behavior (CTPSB), and victim advocates from Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS). The role of the victim advocate was created in order to ensure that sexual assault victims have a voice in the supervision and treatment of sex offenders on probation and parole. This collaborative approach is instrumental in holding offenders accountable, providing sexual assault victims with comprehensive services, and promoting community safety.
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