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Parallel Justice 

Parallel Justice: A Paradigm Shift in Serving Victims

The term Parallel Justice was coined by Susan Herman, former Executive Director of the National Center

for Victims of Crime. "Parallel Justice" describes a system that works parallel to (but independent from) the criminal legal system and meets the needs of people impacted by crime and harm every step of the way. Parallel Justice can support you regardless of whether or not the crime and/or harm has been reported to the police.

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We provide  information, resources, and support to people who have experienced crime and harm in Burlington, even if the person responsible for causing the harm is never identified or apprehended.

We support people impacted by all crimes and frequently help those affected by vandalism, simple assault, and theft.

Parallel Justice assistance can include:

  • emotional support

  • safety planning

  • information 

  • referrals to other organizations

  • systems advocacy

  • limited financial assistance 

Have you or someone you know been affected by crime and/or harm in Burlington?  

Want to incorporate victim-centered services into your community? Check out these tools & resources: 

Lauren Monaco Eddings

Based at The Community Justice Center

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bblazek@burlingtonvt.gov

 (802) 557-7232

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lmonacoeddings@burlingtonvt.gov

(802) 503-2997

Contact our Victim Services Specialists: 

Note: Parallel Justice Victim Services Specialists are mandated reporters and must let authorities know if you tell them about certain crimes, usually involving abuse of a child or a vulnerable adult, or a threat of imminent harm.

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The National Center for Victims of Crime has been instrumental in supporting the vision of Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime. The Burlington Police Department  has been a key partner.

Burlington's Parallel Justice Commission is a panel of local and state leaders, victim advocates, survivors of crime,

social service and health care providers, and other organizations whose work intersects with victims of crime.

Through their partnership, the Commission works to coordinate resources and create systemic change  for people impacted by crime and harm.