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January 06, 2008, 09:04
Victim's Assistance Manual
Manual for Victim's Coordinators?

Just pulled up the "Buy a Book" pdf order form after reading this thread, and my vision must just be shot after reading tons of defense motions this week -- I didn't see a Victim's Assistance manual on the order form, only brochures for victims. We have a new V.A. coordinator to handle protective orders, etc., and need to locate references, procedures, training.
January 06, 2008, 11:52
Diane Beckham
The 2nd edition of the Victim's Assistance Manual was completed and sent individually to all designated victim-witness coordinators at prosecutor offices in late October 2007. The Court of Criminal Appeals provided the funding for this book, but because we used grant funding to publish the book, the distribution is limited to the pool of VWCs that work for Texas prosecutor offices. In other words, this was a one-time mailout to all eligible people on the date of the mailout. We don't print a large number of extra copies to sell, and that's why it doesn't appear on the order form. (This is similar to the way TDCAA has sent out John Bradley's book, "The Perfect Plea," and Chip Wilkinson's ethics book to Texas prosecutors.) Ideally, any VWC who leaves a prosecutor's office would leave behind the book for the next VWC. Because we know this doesn't always happen, we print a limited number of extra copies to take turnover into account.

If you (or any office) didn't receive a sufficient number of copies for your VWCs to use, please let me know and we'll send him/her a copy of the book for as long as we have extra copies to give. Also note that there is a CD-ROM with sample forms included with the book. VWCs are free to share this CD-ROM and load it onto multiple computers in the office.
February 02, 2008, 10:44
I read through the book. What an excellent job, Diane! How do you find time to do so many wonderful publications?
February 02, 2008, 11:52
She uses an Apple laptop.
February 11, 2008, 11:01
Diane Beckham
Hey, thanks Greg! And it's true -- I DO use an Apple laptop, which no doubt improves whatever efficiency I could conjure up on my own. Plus, the victim assistance book -- like so many others by TDCAA -- would be about four pages long without the invaluable contributions of so many TDCAA members.