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SEATTLE, Wash. – (April 20, 2006) –Representatives from King County community agencies dedicated to providing support for adult and child crime victims have formed the King County Crime Victim Assistance Center (KCCVAC). This new center provides support for survivors of homicide, victims of hate crimes, assault and other general crimes 24 hours a day.

The new partnership, KCCVAC, is one of 13 Crime Victim Assistance Centers recently designated in Washington state, providing comprehensive support services to crime victims.
The state of Washington ’s Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) has issued a grant in recognition of this crisis intervention work in King County for $235,639, to be shared by 12 agencies, and over $1 million state-wide. Virginia Mason Medical Center ’s Separation and Loss Services was selected as the Center's lead agency to administer the King County grant.   

The 12 participating King County community agencies include:

Asian and Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center    

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center

Chinese Information and Service Center

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Consejo Counseling and Referral Services                 

My Service Mind

Families and Friends of Violent Crime Victims

Refugee Women's Alliance

Harborview Children's Response Center    

Senior Services of Seattle/King County

Harborview Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress                                                                         

Separation and Loss Services at Virginia Mason Medical Center

This group will host an open house on Monday, April 24 from 2-5 p.m. at Virginia Mason’s Lindeman Pavilion.  The event is designed to educate the public and community agencies about the regional effort and support services available for victims of crime. The open house will be hosted by the King County Crime Victim Assistance Center and feature guest speakers such as Seattle police chief, Gil Kerlikowske, Daniel T. Satterberg, chief of staff, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Fanny Correa, director of Separation and Loss Services at Virginia Mason.

“There are times when violent crime tests the resilience of its victims and our community. These agencies are united in a regional effort to provide outreach and support beyond the crisis. This is our community safety net,” said Fanny Correa.

The open house, scheduled during National Crime Victims Week, will also feature representatives from agency partners such as criminal justice, law enforcement, the medical examiners office and more. The services provided by these organizations represent hope and important resources for the public, and those affected by crisis and crime. 

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Contact:
Alisha Mark (206) 341-1509

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