A Crime Victim's 'Shout Out' to the Arizona Criminal Justice System and State Leadership
2005 Award for Leadership and Distinguished Service to Victims of Crime presented by Attorney General Terry Goddard.
is the letter I posted to The Arizona Attorney General and the Maricopa County
Attorney's Office FB pages because life just doesn't bounce right back to
normal, the effects of crime can be life-altering and long-lasting. Our story
has not ended and we do face continued struggle. I vowed with every ounce of
energy I have left in me that this would not happen to another family!
child has been the victim of a violent sexual crime and there exists police
recorded death threats to the child's life, crime victim relocation in order to
protect their child's life becomes the family's only option. Currently Arizona
Crime Victim Compensation does not cover financial assistance with costs
associated with relocation to safety though I am aware of a resolution that
'sits' waiting to be passed that could have helped my family re-stabilize.
In already tough financial times for many of us, we certainly do not put away a
savings in anticipation of becoming a crime victim. At a time when a victim
family should be able to deal with the emotional trauma and focus on reclaiming
their lives in the aftermath of crime, they should not have to face additional
financial burden, relocation expense, and even loss of income as a direct
result of crime.
As a crime victim advocate for nearly twenty years, I have served this state
and the nation to ensure crime victims received services they needed unique to
each family's circumstances. We are not only feeling the emotional and
psychological effects of my daughter becoming a victim of a violent crime in
the state of Arizona, continued fear for safety, and added financial burden;
but now the feeling of abandonment from the very state I served for two decades
of my life. Please tell me where the justice is in this and what your office
will do to prevent this from happening to another family. I appreciate your
attention to this matter.