August 2, 2016
Legacy House recognized for critical support to victims of violence
Indianapolis, Ind. - Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry has announced that Legacy House has been selected as the 2016 Prosecutor’s Crime Fighter of the Year. Prosecutor Curry presented this award to Michael Hurst, Executive Director of Legacy House, on behalf of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. The presentation took place today at the Annual National Night Out Kick-Off and Crime Fighter of the Year Award Ceremony hosted by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Prosecutor Curry said Legacy House was selected in recognition of the critical support provided to victims of violence in Marion County through crisis intervention, trauma counseling and advocacy services. Established in 2001 to provide free counseling and advocacy services to victims of trauma caused by violence, Legacy House counselors provided nearly 7,300 contacts and services to more than 1,000 clients in 2015.
“Legacy House has proved to be an invaluable resource and partner for public safety by helping victims become survivors,” Prosecutor Curry stated. “Our mission to preserve the rights of victims and seek justice on their behalf can only be achieved with support from the community. Legacy House provides that critical support to victims and those affected by violent crime.”
“The trauma from violence invades every domain of a victim’s life well after the crime, and we know that it is our clients who do the hard work of healing. We are humbled every day by the trust placed in us by our clients and by the partners who refer them to us,” Legacy House Executive Director Michael Hurst commented. “We are especially honored by today’s recognition of the work our counselors and advocates do with victims of violence.“
Legacy House provides counseling and advocacy services to men, women and children who are victims of trauma including sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence. Their services also extend to family members of suicide and homicide victims. Legacy House has also proved invaluable to the public safety community by extending counseling and therapy services to first responders who experienced traumatic events in the line of duty. The organization’s advocacy programs include courtroom support, social service referrals, assistance with preparing petitions for emergency protective orders, assistance with applying for victim compensation, and shelter and social service referrals.
To learn more about Legacy House, please visit www.legacy-house.org or contact (317) 554-5272. For more information on the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, visit www.Indy.gov/MCPO or contact (317) 327-3522.