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Victim Services providers recognized by BOCC

Posted on 04/03/2017
Victim Services providers recognized by BOCC

By proclaiming the week of April 2 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Board of Commissioners reaffirmed Weld County’s commitment to support victim and criminal justice response services that assist all victims of crime.

“What Weld County does for crime victims is just incredible,” said JoAnn Holden, Director of Victims’ Services for the 19th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Holden named multiple agencies within Weld County that work together to provide support and services to crime victims, including: the Weld County District Attorney’s Office, A Women’s Place, Weld County Area Agency on Aging, Catholic Charities, Free Our Girls, law enforcement agencies, Lutheran Family Services, 19th Judicial Courts, North Range Behavioral Health, Partners, SAVA and more. “We all have a piece of the puzzle that helps make the person whole again.”

The Board of Commissioners spoke appreciatively of the work victim service providers do very day and how that work impacts the victims and their families.

“Being a person who has been a victim of crime, this is a hard day for me actually,” said Commissioner Chair Julie Cozad, whose stepdaughter was murdered two years ago. Cozad went on to speak about how victim service providers actually become your friends and truly care about the individuals they work with. “Thank you for what you do, because it’s so important,” commented Cozad. “It helps victims get through the hardest times of their lives.”

According to the proclamation, more than 20 million Americans are the victims of crime each year