Victim Assistance Program was in the news several times in the past two months. The mentions included the following editorial during National Crime Victims Rights Week by Executive Director Leanne Graham, which appeared in the West Side Leader and the Hudson Hub Times.
Guest Column: Observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Published: April 6, 2017 1:28 A.M
All this week (April 2-8) we join advocates across the nation to observe Natrional Crime Victims Rights Week.
This year’s theme is Strength, Resilience, Justice.
During this week, Victim Assistance Program honors crime victims and thanks the advocates who hold them up until they find their own strength and discover their “new normal.”
Our victim advocates staff our 24/7 hotline, at 330-376-0040. They also staff offices in the Akron Police Department, Summit County Clerk of Courts, and Barberton, Stow and Akron municipal courts, where they provide crisis intervention in person from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We also have advocates with offices in the Akron Detective Bureau from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m.
We celebrate the resiliency of the human spirit, as our advocates and trauma counselor walk beside victims on their journey from hardship to healing; from victim to survivor.
Our advocates assist clients in completing paperwork for protection orders and victim compensation. They accompany clients to ex parte, evidentiary, grand jury, and other court hearings. They also respond to crime scenes at the request of law enforcement. Our licensed counselor provides trauma therapy, free of charge, for ages 5 through adult.
We will continue to advocate for justice for crime victims by assuring their rights under Ohio law are being upheld.
Our advocates make sure that crime victims who choose to exercise their rights receive information about the case and the offender, from investigation through arrest and conviction or acquittal, apply for allowed restitution so they may be made whole, and are heard before sentencing or parole.
During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and always, we are here for victims of crime, trauma and crisis.
Leanne Graham, Executive Director of Victim Assistance Program
Here are links to other stories that ran during March and April
March 5 – Akron Beacon Journal; Ohio.com – Mardi Gras Benefits Akron’s Victim Assistance Program https://goo.gl/JPlPYW
April 6– Akron Beacon Journal; Ohio.com – B1, Marsy’s Law Seeks to Give Crime Victims a Voice https://goo.gl/Ni9ipv
April 10 – Akron Beacon Journal; Ohio.com – Good News section, Advocates receive national honors. https://goo.gl/0j5Vyf