Public Invited to Panel Discussion on Victims’ Rights

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Victims of crime, victim assistance professionals, justice and allied professionals, students and the general public from north central Ohio can learn about victims’ rights and the community services available to them during a panel discussion hosted by Turning Point on Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m.-noon at the William Street United Methodist Church in Delaware. The discussion is free and open to the public and is the culmination of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) from April 10-16, 2016.

Diane Linville, Program Manager, Adult Court Services, will serve as the panel moderator. Panelists will include Deb McCurdy, Victims’ Rights Advocate, Turning Point; Nora Flanagan, Sexual Assault Response Network Coordinator, Helpline of Delaware & Morrow Counties, Inc.; Christopher Woeste, Victims’ Rights Attorney, Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center; Shannon Farley, Anti-Trafficking Intern, The Salvation Army’s Anti-Human Trafficking Program; Valerie Hooper, Domestic Violence Specialist/Sex Offender & Arson Watch, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office; and a special guest, a survivor of domestic violence who will share her courageous story of survival.

The panelists will discuss how they can help victims of crime rebuild their lives. Information will include victims’ rights and legal options, ways of coping with the impact of crime, developing a safety plan and learning to navigate the criminal justice system and social service systems. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion. In addition to the panel, Turning Point will post updates for NCVRW on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the week.

The activities all throughout NCVRW is supported by a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Awareness Project subgrant awarded by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

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