Support victims rights

To the Valley News:

National Crime Victims Rights Week is recognized this year the week of April 22-April 28. Victims of all crimes have important, irrevocable rights and deserve to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect. During a time of crisis and thereafter, it can be a confusing and intimidating task to navigate your way as the victim through the various steps of the civil and/or criminal systems. You are not alone.

In our community, there are resources available to provide help. Services available include information about your rights (including applying for NYS Office of Victim Services compensation), support, and advocacy. All of these services are free and confidential. Victims of domestic violence and other crimes in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties are encouraged to contact STOP Domestic Violence/BHSN at 1-888-563-6904. Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to call the Sexual Assault Services/PPNCNY 24-hour hotline at 1-877-212-2323. The Clinton County Advocacy Center, located at the Clinton County Probation Department, may be reached by calling at 565-4648. All of these crime victim service providers are here for you and ready to listen.

When we promote justice for victims in our community, we promote justice for all.

Jessica Nunn Provost

Assistant Director

STOP Domestic Violence/Behavioral Health Services North

Louis Davis

Victim Advocate

Clinton County Advocacy Center/Clinton Co. Probation Dept.

Sandy Esposito

Sexual Assault Services Coordinator

Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York

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