Editor's Note: The Daily Press will publish a series of local opinion pieces this week in observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. This article highlights the efforts of the Delta County Prosecutor's Office.
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ESCANABA - Our community is blessed to have many resources to help victims rebuild their lives and trust in others. April 22 28, 2012 is National Crime Victims Rights week. The theme this year is Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim. This week there have been articles about the services provided by several of these agencies.
Even though we live in a small, caring community crimes are committed. Any crime can be traumatic. The trauma may be caused by serious physical injuries, death of a loved one, and loss of an irreplaceable cherished item or losing the feeling of being security in your home.
Once the perpetrator is charged with a crime the uncertainties of our criminal justice system can cause additional stress.
The Delta County Prosecutor's Office is committed to helping victims. We strive to help them with their needs caused by the crime. We try to match the victims with other agencies that offer services that could be helpful to them as well as assisting them ourselves.
Although we cannot make the effects of the trauma disappear, we want the victim to feel the decisions in their case were fair and just. We hope that at the conclusion of the criminal case their lives will return back to normal and any lasting trauma will be minimal.
For further information about victim rights or services, please contact Karen Alvord, victim witness coordinator, Delta County Prosecutor's Office 789-5115.