Help is ready for victims of crime

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A local organization honored those who have lost their lives to crime in recognition of National Victims’ Rights Week.

Help Hotline Crisis Center’s Victims Assistance Program held its annual luncheon Wednesday at the Holiday Inn in Boardman.

Brenda Gray, victim’s advocate with Help Hotline Crisis Center, said there is still more that can be done to protect victims of crime, but the event is a way to let them know it is okay to speak up. It also raises awareness of the many places and people they can turn to, including Help Hotline.

“There is help out there for them. There are resources and they don’t have to continue to live in a life of turmoil,” said Gray. “There is always someone here that will help them.”

Youngstown Police Officer Helen Scott was the keynote speaker. She talked about how law enforcement agencies can help protect and seek justice for victims of crime.

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