Crime Victim's Rights Week is held nationally each April to honor and promote victims’ rights, as well as those who advocate on their behalf.
On Friday, Phoenix House staff members Vicki-lynn Anderson and Danielle Kramer spoke at a local event hosted by the Fourth Judicial District CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate program) out of Council Bluffs in honor of Crime Victim's Rights Week.
Vicki-lynn Anderson , Training and Prevention Educator for the Phoenix House Domestic Violence Shelter & Sexual Abuse Program in Council Bluffs, was the key note speaker and talked about the evolution of the victim services' field, from the "risk reduction" strategy, to the current focus on prevention.
Vicki-lynn's work focus' on primary prevention, which means reaching people who have never experienced violence and helping them examine their attitudes and beliefs in a way that will affect their acceptance of violence and violent behavior. Making the idea that violence is not just a women’s issue but a human issue at the core of the work.
Catholic Charities would like to say thanks to all crime victim service professionals and we encourage everyone to be a part of this important work by examining your own views of violence.
For more information about training and prevention work at Catholic Charities Phoenix House, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.