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Evansville offers new resources for National Crime Victims Awareness Week

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Each tile on the wall has messages about strength and courage and having the power to stand up to abusers. Each tile on the wall has messages about strength and courage and having the power to stand up to abusers.

The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's office joined local resource agencies in kicking off National Crime Victims Awareness Week.

The theme this year is new challenges and new solutions. Ultimately the re-focusing of the Victim's Assistance Program at the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's office has to adapt to reaching a wider variety of victims, while dealing with new challenges like budget cuts.  

The Victim's Assistance Program is often thought of as a resource for domestic violence victims.

The program does work with local agencies like Albion and Holly's House, but the overall program does much more.

Advocates can work with victims of home invasions, identity theft, intimidation threats---and virtually any crime which a victim needs help.  

"Working with the victims assistance out of the prosecutors office, they're very good about helping that victim through the whole legal system, explaining to them what all the legal words mean and everything else as far as that goes," Christina Wicks with Albion said.

Officials say it's about educating a victim and providing the tools they need to regain control of the situation. 

"Working with victim advocates can help them also the ongoing services and the counseling that can help them get back all their power," Wicks said. 

Albion constructed a new wall made by victims and survivors of domestic crimes. Each tile on the wall has messages about strength and courage and having the power to stand up to abusers.

The back of the wall will soon have each victim's story, so others can learn and find similar strength to face their abusers.  

For more information on the Victim's Assistance Program, click here. 

For information about resources for domestic violence victims, click here.

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