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Victim services hosting workshop

“Moving Forward” is the theme of this year’s National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, which is taking place April 22-28 across Canada.

Activities across the country will focus on raising awareness of services available to victims of crime in Canada, such as those provided by the Rainy River District Victim Services Program (RRDVSP).

National Victims of Crime Awareness Week also provides opportunities to further explore new ways to reach out to victims of crime and give them have a stronger voice in the justice system.

“National Victims of Crime Awareness Week is an important event for our community because it gives us an opportunity to raise awareness of the issues surrounding victimization and education regarding the services available to assist victims of crime,” said Peggy Loyie, program manager, RRDVSP.

“Locally, we have many dedicated volunteers who have received specialized training in assisting victims of crime and other tragic circumstances, such as sudden death, fires, or serious accidents,” she added.

“The viability of our agency is dependent on the dedication and commitment of our volunteers,” Loyie stressed.

“We take every opportunity we can to celebrate and show our appreciation to them.”

In keeping with this year’s theme, “Moving Forward,” the RRDVSP will be hosting a two-day workshop entitled “Responding Effectively to Acute Stress Reactions.”

This workshop, scheduled for May 3-4 at the Fort Frances Curling Club, will be facilitated by Natalie Zlodre (MSW, RSW) of the Gail Appel Institute, Hinks Dellcrest Centre.

Zlodre is the head of Trauma and Resiliency Centre and associate director of training.

Anyone interested can contact Loyie or Sue Carlson at the RRDVSP office, located at 334 Scott St., or by calling 274-5687.

We were very fortunate to have received funding from Justice Canada that allows us to make this specialized training available in our area.

For more information on National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, visit www.victimsweek.gc.ca or www.rrdvsp.ca, or stop by our office.

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