NEWS RELEASE   7/16/2012

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YWCA BEGINS OPERATIONS OF VICTIM ADVOCACY PROGRAM FOR CITY OF FLINT RESIDENTS
For Immediate Release

The YWCA of Greater Flint has received a $96,000 grant through the MI Department of Community Health Crime Victim Services Commission to begin operating the Victim Advocacy Program for the City of Flint’s 68th District Court.

The Victim Advocacy Program provides comprehensive services and advocacy to all victims of crime within the City of Flint. The goal of the VAP is to ensure the victims and their families are treated with dignity and respect as they make the transition from victim to survivor. In addition, the YWCA Victim Advocacy Program will work in conjunction with the YWCA’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services Program to ensure that victims within the 68th District Court will have access to sexual assault services; assistance in obtaining Personal Protection Orders; and for crisis intervention and counseling services. The YWCA VAP will provide referrals to other local services as needed including referral for emergency food and shelter and child abuse and neglect services.

“The award of this grant by the Department of Community Health Crime Victim Services Commission is a win-win for the YWCA and the city of Flint, but more importantly, for victims of crime within our Community” said Paul Newman, CEO of the YWCA.

Officials with the City of Flint are very pleased with the collaborative efforts between the city and the YWCA. “For nearly two decades the Flint Victim Advocacy Program has been helping crime victims navigate the district court process, affording them guidance and compassion,” said City Attorney Peter Bade. “Without the YWCA’s support, Flint would not have been able to continue this important program,” Bade continued, “we are very fortunate to have the YWCA providing this service to our community.”

About the YWCA of Greater Flint

For more than 100 years, the YWCA of Greater Flint has provided comprehensive programs, outspoken leadership and professional expertise on the pressing issues of our times. Created by women for women, the YWCA has a proud and pioneering history. Its mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

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