Troy University counseling center seeks to raise awareness of crime victims' rights

Posted: Thursday, 03 April 2014

TROY - Troy University's Student Counseling Center, will seek to bring public awareness to the rights of crime victims next week thanks to a grant from the National Association of Victims of Crime Act Assistance Administrators (NAVAA).

The grant will help fund an awareness campaign designed to promote National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which is April 6-12, according to Fran Scheel, SAVE Project director and co-director of the project. The theme of this year's national observance is "30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice."

Passed in 1984, the Victims of Crime Act established the Crime Victims Fund, made up of federal criminal fines, penalties and bond forfeitures, to support state victim compensation and local victim assistance programs.

TROY's awareness campaign was one of 71 funded through the program and is intended to raise awareness about the rights of crime victims, while also promoting services that are available in the local community.

"The Student Counseling Center, with the assistance of Troy University Criminal Justice professor Jessica Childs and her students, will distribute posters and flyers throughout the Troy Campus and in the community," she said. "Graduate counseling students will also be on the Bibb Graves Quad on April 8 and 9, handing out information about the rights of crime victims and local resources available. We will also use our Social Media platforms to help spread the message."