ditor's Note: April 10-16 is Crime Victims Rights Week. Throughout the week, The Daily Press will be publishing opinion columns on the subject authored by local officials and agencies who aid and support the victims of crime. This article was prepared by the Delta County Prosecutor's Office.
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ESCANABA - Being the victim of a crime may be traumatic. A victim may suffer physical or psychological injuries, may have lost valuable property, or feel insecure or vulnerable.
Once the perpetrator is charged with a crime, uncertainties about the criminal justice system may cause a victim additional stress and confusion.
The Michigan Constitution was amended in 1988 to ensure rights for victims, including the right to be involved in the court process. As a result, every prosecutor's office in the state employs people who are trained to answer questions and provide assistance to crime victims.
The Delta County Prosecutor and his staff are committed to helping victims of crime. A victim's advocate is available to answer questions, assist victims with their needs and steer victims to other agencies offering specialized services.
Delta County has many resources that can assist victims with their losses and help them rebuild their lives. The Delta County Prosecutor's Office honors the people committed to helping crime victims and affirms the rights of crime victims during National Crime Victim's Rights Week, April 10-16, 2011.
Please contact Karen Alvord, victim witness coordinator, Delta County Prosecutor's Office at (906) 789-5115 for more information.