Bench dedicated to those victimized by crime

Red Deer City Victim Services Unit members dedicated a new bench outside of the Red Deer City RCMP office Wednesday to those who have been impacted by crime.

Clockwise from top left

Clockwise from top left

Red Deer City Victim Services Unit members dedicated a new bench outside of the Red Deer City RCMP office Wednesday to those who have been impacted by crime.

The unveiling was part of the unit’s campaign to increase public awareness on the services they offer to those who have been victimized by domestic abuse, property crime and so much more.

“Every time you talk about support, sometimes you just need to sit down and think before taking action,” said Const. Jody Young, program co-ordinator with Victim Services.

She also hopes those who sit there will feel inspired to take action to make Red Deer a safer community. Mahatma Gandhi’s quote, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” was therefore engraved on the stainless steel plaque adorning the bench.

“We thought it was very fitting for what we were trying to designate that bench for,” Young said.

An afternoon open house followed the bench dedication to further explain how the unit can help victims through various stages of crime or tragedy.

Well-trained volunteer unit members can help victims fill out various court documents like victim impact and restitution statements, and are also available to accompany victims to court hearings in a supportive role.

Volunteers also refer victims to various community support agencies that can provide further assistance related to the specific incident.

Red Deer City Victim Services Unit received a $7,000 grant from the Federal Justice Department to launch the public awareness campaign. The bulk of this money was spent on print and radio advertising.

The City of Red Deer donated the bench, concrete and installation.

For more information about Red Deer City Victim Services Unit, please call 403-406-2345.

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