In the past, strangulation has not been taken as seriously as a crime, particularly in the context of domestic violence situations. Strangulation, sometimes referred to as choking, is the use of hands or an object to restrict blood flow and/or air flow to the brain by compressing the neck. While some may treat this as just another assault, strangulation is far more dangerous. Strangulation can cause injury to the brain resulting in permanent damage. Even without externally visible injuries, a victim can die weeks after being strangled from internal injuries.
The staff at Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center (OCVJC) wishes a fond farewell to Sarah Larcade. Results from Sarah’s hard work can be seen throughout southwestern Ohio. A consummate professional, Sarah devoted her work in the victims’ rights field to Title IX and helping sexual assault victims on campus. In one case, Sarah helped ensure a perpetrator was suspended after he assaulted multiple women. Title IX was not her only focus, as Sarah spent countless hours spreading the word about victims’ rights in meetings across southwestern Ohio.
Hope Finney joined OCVJC in December of 2015 as a Paralegal and Victims’ Rights Advocate. In the past year-and-a-half, Hope helped hundreds of victims across Ohio learn about, protect, and exercise their rights. She assisted victims throughout the criminal justice process and provided them the resources they needed. Hope served as a pillar of professionalism and kindness.
Tanice Prince joined Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center as a Victims’ Rights Advocate in July 2017. Tanice graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her passion for helping victims began with volunteering for the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) Online Hotline. Tanice has enjoyed the privilege of serving as a victim advocate at various organizations for the past seven years, providing crisis intervention, emotional support, and resource referrals to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Marsy’s Law for Ohio, 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.
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.
The Crime Victims Rights Toolkit 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.
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 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 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.