FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS – Legacy House in Indianapolis is receiving a federal grant to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10-16. Legacy House is a non-profit that provides counseling and advocacy services to adults and children who are victims of violence.
First designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week seeks to increase general public awareness of - and knowledge about - the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime.
On April 14, Legacy House will host ROCC-a-Thon, a community awareness event held on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. This annual event features local victim services and advocacy organizations that will provide information about resources available to victims of all crimes. Additional events during the week may include a candlelight service for homicide victims, panel discussions on domestic violence, and resource fairs and public rallies to support victims of sexual assault and gender violence.
“Now, more than ever, it is critical that communities come together to identify and meet the needs of victims of all types of crimes,” said Joye Frost, director of the Office of Victims of Crime for the U.S. Department of Justice. “Expanding public awareness of the needs of crime victims and the resources available to help meet those needs is just the first step,” said Frost.
According to Michael A. Hurst, executive director of Legacy House, “Trauma from crime and violence affects every domain of a victim’s life.” Hurst said, “This grant allows us the opportunity to highlight the many services and local service providers who work closely with victims as they navigate the aftermath of crime and who support their recovery to help them thrive as survivors.”
Legacy House was one of only 89 projects selected for funding from 221 applications submitted nationwide. Funding will be used to support multiple events sponsored by Legacy House and partner agencies such as the Domestic Violence Network, the Marion County Center of Hope, the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, and the Survivors of Violent Death Support Group.
For additional information about Legacy House activities or victim’s rights and services in Indianapolis, call 317-554-5272.
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