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Victim Services receives $12,000 grant from St. Joseph’s Foundation

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Contributed / Metro Newspaper Service<br/>

Victim Services recently announced its program providing direct services and support for crime victims received a $12,000 grant from St. Joseph’s Foundation, according to a news release.

The grant allows Victim Services to provide victims of crime assistance and services as they recover from a criminal act and to support and guide them as the offender moves through the criminal justice process.

Victim Services is a local nonprofit that provides more than 5,300 services to crime victims annually including personal advocacy, support services, criminal justice support, financial services and education. Victim Services is the only “general crime” victims program available in Crow Wing County, a news release stated. General crime includes assault, robbery, burglary, theft, homicide, arson, fraud, identity theft and criminal damage to property.

“Being a victim of a crime can result in physical, emotional and financial injuries that leave lasting scars,” stated Executive Director Kathy Fleisher in the release. “We establish trust, show empathy and listen with respect by taking the time to give our victims a voice for their story to be heard. We determine where they are at in their recovery and respond with a family driven, culturally correct response through collaborative support in our community. We promote individual empowerment as we guide them in their decision-making process and assist them as they go from victim to survivor.”

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