Ask the DA: Survivors of Violence
On April 17, 2012, this office will host the Third Annual Brooklyn Crime Victim’s VOICE-Out (Victims on the Impact of Crime Event) at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The event was inaugurated in 2010 to recognize the strength and celebrate the voices of those Brooklyn residents whose lives have been changed by crime, and to provide them with information about resources that will better assist them in addressing the ongoing trauma created by these crimes.
The event is an exciting and deeply moving experience. This year’s VOICE-Out will include all of the elements that made the previous events a success, including musical performances by students from the LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, and powerful testimonials from several survivors of violent crime. The focus this year will be on the beneficial, ongoing relationships between members of my office and those we proudly serve. In fact, the event will launch with the premiere of a new film documenting just such relationships.
Additionally, my Victim Services Unit is trained to offer support to victims of violent crimes. Trained counselors and advocates are available to meet with victims, their families and witnesses in a safe environment within my office at 350 Jay St. Counselors provide crisis intervention, counseling, safety planning, court escorts, mental and physical health support and referrals, advocacy with other agencies and assistance to eligible applicants in filing for financial and medical reimbursements through the New York State Crime Victims Board. For assistance and information call (718) 250-3820.
For additional information about this year’s Third Annual VOICE-Out event please visit my website at www.brooklynda.org, or contact Sara Lynn Vehling at (718) 250-3112.
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