Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes Inc. recently received a Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Grant from the Office on Violence Against Women.
The grant provides funding to hire a prevention educator and bilingual outreach coordinator.
VRC hired Maggie Maloy as its prevention educator. Maloy previously worked as program director and victim advocate for Bucyrus City Law Director’s Office in Ohio for over 10 years. She is a national motivational speaker on “Survivor to Thriver,” and co-authored a book with Elizabeth Smart and other survivors of kidnapping for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Maloy and VRC staff will provide sexual assault and dating violence prevention education programming to Wayne County schools, the Darkness 2 Light Parent and Caretaker Sexual Assault program and other evidence-based curriculum.
Nelly DeVelder accepted the bilingual prevention outreach advocate position to provide services to victims in four counties, effective Jan. 1, 2018. DeVelder previously worked at VRC for over five years as its bilingual advocate for Wayne County.
This grant provides funding for four part-time sexual assault nurse examiners at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, a color camera for the SANE program and annual funding to train law enforcement personnel in Wayne, Ontario, Yates and Seneca counties on sexual assault interview techniques and assisting English- and Spanish-speaking victims.
“Our rural communities are affected by geographic isolation, transportation barriers, social and cultural barriers and pressures and the lack of funding and available resources, all of which compound the problems confronted by those seeking support and services to end the violence in their lives,” said Tammy Parker Williams, VRC board president. “Many of these factors complicate the ability of the criminal justice system to investigate and prosecute these crimes. Our community should work together to promote the health and well-being of all members of our society. Family, schools, law enforcement, faith-based institutions and community agencies must work collaboratively to foster critical partnerships to maximize our resources to build a safer and healthier community.”
Those in crisis can call the VRC hotline at (866) 343-8808. Call (315) 331-1171 or visit vrcfl.org for information.