Helping Victims of Crime


The FBI is now using therapy dogs to help victims. I think it is a great idea!

Rachel Pierce is a victim specialist in our Office for Victim Assistance. Her partner is an 8-year-old German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix, and together they form a unique and remarkable team.

The FBI uses a variety of working dogs, highly capable canines that can sniff out drugs and bombs, bolster security, and alert their handlers when they pick up the scent of blood. But Dolce, with his shimmering yellow coat and steel blue eyes, is the Bureau’s one and only therapy dog.

The job of a victim specialist, or VS, is to ensure that victims receive the rights they are entitled to under federal law and the assistance they need to cope with crime. With his lovable personality, Dolce excels at comforting crime victims and their families. The story of how he became a VS—of the K9 variety—is a story in itself.

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  1. Great story! Amazing it hasn`t been done before?

    • It has been done on local levels, usually in connection to a victim’s advocate group. This is the first time that the FBI has done it and I really think that it is going to help. I know I’d be easier to talk with after a tramatic incident if I had a dog or cat to hold and pet as I talked.

  2. That is an excellent idea. Dogs (well a lot of other pets too) are fantastic at connecting with people when words are just not enough, or indeed not spoken at all.

    BTW love the little FBI jacket I need one for my dogs hehe

    • If they are available for sale I need 3.
      LOL
      You are right Robbo, animals are excellent when words escape us.

  3. This is a great concept! Awesome share!

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