Celebrating its 25th year, the Multnomah County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) took a new approach to the What Works in Public Safety conference. On January 16, 2020, elected officials and policy-makers engaged in an executive visioning event to explore how supporting victims is an important public safety strategy. Nationally recognized experts began a visioning process that will guide the direction of future local justice policy.

Justice systems are largely based on the premise of “offender” and “victim”, which often leads to separate responses. This conference explored how justice systems can collaborate on a holistic, healing approach to increasing public safety. Topics included: exploring the dichotomy of victim and perpetrator and reflections on systems in Multnomah County, how helping victims of crime is an important public safety strategy, what works and call to action.

Participation was invitation only, but the event was live-streamed and recorded for public viewing.

Full Video
Section I: Session Opening
Section II: Victim vs. Offender Dichotomy
Section III: Helping Victims of Crime is A Public Safety Strategy
Section IV: What Works to Rethink the Dichotomy
Section V: Next Steps and Closing


Graphic notes by Nitya Wakhlu (5.77 MB)

    Supporting Materials:
    What Works 2020 Agenda (259.39 KB)
    Speaker biographies (647.64 KB)
    Summary of articles on victim offender overlap (281.4 KB)

    "​​​​​​​Reentry, Health, and Trauma: Justice Beyond the Victim-Offender Dichotomy" by Bruce Western (12.78 MB)
    "Understanding Survivors Behind Bars: Breaking Down the Victim Offender Dichotomy" by Mai Fernandez (191.72 KB)
    "Using the Sequential Intercept Model to Enhance Criminal Justice Reform" by Travis Parker (6.97 MB)
    "The Way Forward: Addressing Harm Through Healing and Accountability" by Sonya Shah (2.54 MB)

    Speakers include:

    • Kimberly Dixon, Adjunct Professor, PCC, and Executive Life Coach
    • Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime
    • Chair Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County 
    • Travis Parker, Program Area Director, Policy Research Associates
    • Sonya Shah, Founding Director, The Ahimsa Collective
    • Abbey Stamp, Multnomah County LPSCC Executive Director
    • Bruce Western, Bryce Professor of Sociology and Social Justice and Co-Director of the Justice Lab at Columbia University