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September 5, 2014

2014 Victim Justice Symposium: Improving Services and Rights for All Victims of Crime

(DES MOINES, Iowa) The Attorney General’s Crime Victim Assistance Division (CVAD) will hold its 2014 Victim Justice Symposium on September 29 & 30 at the Meadows Event and Conference Center in Altoona.

The two-day conference, entitled “Victim Justice: Is it Just Us?”,  includes nationally recognized speakers, workshops from a wide range of disciplines, and brings together victim advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, medical professionals and social workers.

  • Speakers include retired University of California-Berkley police officer Ally Jacobs.  Jacobs was part of the team that investigated and then, in 2009, rescued Jaycee Dugaard, a child abduction survivor held by her captors for more than 18 years.
  • The conference also features Dr. Jim Tanner, a renowned sex offender expert and researcher.
  • Conference topics include: Responding to Homicide in our Rural Communities, Eliminating Housing Barriers for Survivors, and Compassion Fatigue and the Energy We Spread.

Victims of crime face unique challenges relating to ongoing medical issues, counseling, lost wages and transportation.   Each year in Iowa, the CVAD reimburses approximately $6 million to crime victims and service providers for crime-related expenses.  Last year, the state approved more than $1.5 million for sexual assault examination reimbursements.  Of those, 57% (1,228) were for children who were 12 or under.


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