FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS – Legacy House in Indianapolis has received a federal grant to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 8-14, 2018. Legacy House is a non-profit agency that provides counseling and advocacy services to adults and children who are victims of violence.
The theme for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in 2018 is “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.” First designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, the annual observance seeks to raise public awareness and knowledge of the many rights and services available to victims of crime.
“Now more than ever, it is critical that communities come together to identify and meet the needs of victims and survivors of all types of crimes,” said Darlene Hutchingson, director of the Office for Victims of Crimes in Washington, D.C.
Legacy House board chair-elect Liz Carroll is extremely grateful for the funding and its purpose. “Victims served at Legacy House range in age from young children to older adults, and come from all walks of life,” said Carroll. “This grant allows us to highlight the importance of counseling and advocacy as victims move from surviving to thriving.”
Funding will support multiple events sponsored by Legacy House and partner agencies, such as the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Center for Victim & Human Rights, Domestic Violence Network, Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, IMPD Victim Assistance Unit, and Survivors of Violent Death Support Group. Several of these organizations will also partner with local universities to host events throughout Indianapolis.
On April 12, Legacy House will host ROCC-a-Thon (Reaching Out to Citizens affected by Crime), a community awareness event held each year on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. During the event, local victim services and advocacy organizations provide information about resources available to victims of all crimes.
Additional events during the week may include a candlelight service for homicide victims, a film screening and panel discussion on domestic violence, a floating lantern event downtown on the canal, and resource fairs and public rallies to support victims of sexual assault and gender violence.
For more information about Legacy House, or victim’s rights and services in Indianapolis, please contact Legacy House at 317-554-5272. For information about national efforts to promote National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime website at www.ovc.gov.
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