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Marsy's Law is on the ballot

, the crime victims’ bill of rights constitutional amendment, will be on the fall 2017 statewide ballot, according to the Ohio Secretary of State. 

Ohio election officials announced the victims’ rights campaign collected 371,749 valid signatures from 54 counties. Ohio law requires constitutional amendments submit 305,591 signatures from at least 44 counties to qualify for the general election ballot. 

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Musical Guest for 2017 Rock n' Jock for Justice: Hebdo

Hebdo is a band comprised of a regional array of musically collaborative characters, that's led by multi-faceted front man, Joey Hebdo.  Columbus is their home base, but they draw great influence from time spent on the west coast as well as the Appalachian region.  Pulling from their collective experiences, they have emerged with an energetic live show drenched in varying musical styles, such as Soul, Americana, Rock, and Folk.  Armed with a plethora of studio recordings and award winning music videos, these players continuously persuade any non-believers with every performance.

Victims Rights Toolkit for Advocates

The is not just a great tool for crime victims, it also serves as an invaluable tool for victims’ advocates. The Toolkit provides a complete list of Ohio and Federal crime victims’ rights and the information is available online 24/7. The rights have been rewritten to decode the legalese and make the information more approachable. Advocates can provide the Toolkit to their victim to let the victim explore their rights.

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Join Our Team, Volunteers Welcome

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center has volunteer opportunities available! As an OCVJC volunteer, you can learn about the criminal justice process and legal support available to crime victims, provide direct assistance to victims, provide general office support, help spread awareness, or choose from other activities to assist crime victims. OCVJC volunteers work both onsite in our Central Ohio and Southwestern Ohio offices and online.

Lia Williams

Welcome Lia Williams

Lia Williams is the new Outreach Coordinator and Advocate at Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center.  Lia graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in Developmental Psychology. She also obtained her Paralegal Certification at Georgetown University. Lia has worked in legal and corporate settings, such as LexisNexis.  Most recently, she worked as an Education and Outreach Specialist for MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault in Kansas City, MO).

Donna Slone-Gumbert

Welcome Donna Slone-Gumbert

Donna Slone-Gumbert is the new Victims’ Rights Advocate at Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center southwestern Ohio office.  She joined OCVJC in May 2017, with more than twenty years of comprehensive experience working within the criminal justice system, focusing on victims’ rights and advocacy.  She is experienced in prosecutor-based victim services, as well as non-profit community based and national victim service agencies.

Larry Queen

Sponsor Spotlight: Queen Financial

OCVJC would like to recognize Larry Queen, founder and CEO of Queen Financial Group, LLC.  Not only is Mr. Queen a successful business owner, but he is also a generous philanthropist, supporting organizations such as Special Olympics, Volunteers of America, the Down Syndrome Association, Goodwill, and Gahanna School District. In 2016, Mr. Queen won a Models of Justice Award for his work supporting victims’ rights and the Central Ohio community. 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Leigh Anne Newcomer

Leigh Anne Newcomer is a mother, student, and long distance wife. She will graduate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in May of 2017. After graduation, she will work as an associate attorney in the Columbus office of Squire Patton Boggs (US), LLP, in the firm’s corporate practice group

Strength, Resilience, Justice

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center, in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 2-8, 2017, hosted special events and programs including the Models of Justice Awards Celebration and the Victims’ Rights Toolkit Library Partnership, to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available.