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Awareness of crime victims highlighted

In conjunction with national Victims of Crime Awareness Week, a local agency has launched a new awareness campaign to showcase how some local women have moved beyond abuse with the aid of local resources.

Entitled Beyond Crisis, the campaign “tells the stories of four victims of sexual assault, abuse and violence who have made the long journey to recovering their self-worth and ‘have their smile back,’” said Aimee Thompson, agency coordinator at Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society.

The campaign came about from a desire to celebrate the efforts of victims to move beyond abuse and highlight the long-term support agencies like theirs provide.

“There’s an obvious need to reach out in a time of immediate crisis,” said Thompson.

But still, she added “it’s about moving beyond crisis…we need to respond to some of the longer-term needs.”

The women’s stories, as well as information about Elizabeth Fry, can be found on www.beyondcrisis.ca, as well as on the organization’s Facebook  and Twitter  pages. The campaign is supported through funding from the Department of Justice as part of Victims of Crime Awareness Week, which runs Sunday through Saturday.

“National Victims of Crime Awareness Week is an important event for our community,” said Thompson. “It helps raise the profile of organizations like the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society and Regional District of Central Okanagan Victim-Witness Services, many of whom need ongoing financial support from our community to support victims and help them on the long path to recovery and justice.

“We want to be there for them. We want the community to be there for them.”

 

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