Alternate: Scott Bass
Scott Bass serves as Director of Victim Services for the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network (NCVAN). His primary responsibilities at NCVAN are developing programs, services and trainings to enhance support for loved ones of murder victims. His projects include establishing support groups for co-victims of homicide, developing a pilot program to engage and equip volunteers to support co-victims after a murder occurs, and providing trainings for professionals on assisting loved ones of murder victims. Scott has worked with loved ones of homicide victims as a therapist, a minister, an advocate, and in other roles for many years. The scope of Scott’s experience includes working with families of persons responsible for murder, giving him a unique perspective of the broad impact of homicide and community responses to homicide.
Prior to joining NCVAN Scott served as Executive Director of a nonprofit that worked across the United States to support murder victims’ loved ones who wanted to engage in policy and legislative advocacy relevant to victim/survivor needs within the criminal legal system. He has provided trainings across North Carolina and the United States relevant to victim/survivor concerns, including the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), the Southern States Victim Assistance Training Conference of the United States Attorneys’ Office, the North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Training Conference, and NCVAN’s Victim Services Practitioner Certification Academy.
Scott is a passionate advocate for victim/survivors and for victim-centered restorative justice. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Campbell University, a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Science in Marriage is and Family Therapy from East Carolina University. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in North Carolina with extensive training and experience relevant to traumatic loss. Scott is a lifelong resident of North Carolina who grew up in rural Sampson County near Clinton.