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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Henderson Police Victim Advocates Available at all Police Stations

April 23, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT KEITH PAUL, (702) 267-4510

Henderson, Nev. – As this week marks National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Henderson Police Department stands with victims of all crimes ready to provide the support they need.

Henderson Police also want to remind people that we have victim advocates available to assist those in need at all three Henderson Police Stations not just during National Crime Victims’ Right Week, but every week.

A victim advocate’s role is to provide victims of crime (domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, threats & harassment, assault, child abuse & neglect, elder abuse, attempted homicide and violation of protection orders) with advocacy and support while at the same time educating the victims on their rights.

“At the Henderson Police Department, we have always been advocates for victims of crimes,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. “We are proud to offer these very important services to those in the community who have found themselves the victim of a crime. Coming forward sometimes is the hardest step. The Henderson Police Department and the victim advocates are there to make that first step easier.”

Helping victims through the process has always been a priority for the Henderson Police Department. Victims often have had to endure physical and emotional wounds from the crime and find a confusing and sometimes hostile criminal justice system. We find increasingly that our society is quick to blame victims for the crimes against them; however, the victims not only need, but deserve our help.

Victim advocates are at each of the Henderson Police Stations:

East Community Police Station:
223 Lead Street, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (702) 267-4727
North Community Police Station:
225 E. Sunset Road, Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (702) 267-4738

West Community Police Station:
300 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (702) 267-5077

Victim Advocates are able to provide a variety of services including:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Safety planning
  • Assistance in filling out, processing and filing Temporary Protection Order Applications
  • Keeping victims updated on the status of the criminal case
  • Assistance in filing for Victims of Crime Compensation Program for crime related expenses
  • Court accompaniment, emotional support, information and guidance through the criminal court process
  • Victim Advocates do not, however, give legal advice.

For more information about the Henderson Police Department Victim/Witness program go to the Police Department page on the City of Henderson’s website: www.cityofhenderson.com/police or call (702) 267-4727. For additional information about National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, visit the Office for Victims of Crime Web site, www.crimevictims.gov.

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