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April 1, 2003

L&I sets aside a day to recognize victims of violent crime


TUMWATER - Dr. Carla van Dam, a clinical and forensic psychologist and noted expert on child sexual abuse, will be the keynote speaker April 10 when the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) joins the rest of the nation in recognizing victims of violent crime.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week starts Sunday, April 6, and runs through the 12th. Its purpose is to promote a greater understanding of victims’ needs and raise awareness of the services and support available to them. In this state, L&I administers the Crime Victims Compensation Program.

Thursday’s daylong program is designed to illustrate the resources available to help crime victims and their families. Those resources include health-care benefits, counseling, partial wage replacement and help with funeral costs. The program is open to the public and free. It runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in L&I’s Tumwater building, 7273 Linderson Way S.W.

Joining Dr. van Dam will be L&I Director Paul Trause, who will open the program; Dr. Chuck Bates, who will talk on “How to Keep a Positive Attitude in Today’s World;” and Todd Denny, who specializes in men’s violence prevention.

L&I has run the assistance program since it was established in 1974. Annually, the agency receives nearly 6,000 requests for assistance. The largest categories are rape and domestic assaults. Nearly 70 percent of the victims are women and children.

This is the 23rd anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This year’s theme is “Victim’s Rights: Fulfill the Promise.”

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For media information, contact Robert T. Nelson in L&I Public Affairs at 360-902-6043 or nelq235@LNI.wa.gov.

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