While many are counting their blessings and marking this season with celebrations, it can be painful for survivors to navigate. For many, this holiday season will mark the first time celebrating since the loss of a loved one.
For many Iowans, the holiday season means getting together with friends and family for celebrations, attending work parties or end of the year events. It's a great time to celebrate the joys of the year and ring in a new year. Unfortunately, this also marks a higher than normal rate of impaired driving on Iowa's roadways. National organizations, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the National Crime Victim Law Institute, are reminding drivers to plan ahead this holiday season.
The justice system is confusing and overwhelming for crime victims at any age but most especially children. The Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials created by the Office for Victims of Crime are valuable resources to help children through the criminal justice process.
One year ago, our friends in Kentucky celebrated a victory - the people of the state voted for a crime victims' rights amendment. The Kentucky team and supporters shared a video about what the past year has meant for them and the positive impact Marsy's Law has had on their state.
Des Moines, Dubuque, Ottumwa, Sheldon, Keota, Muscatine, Indianola…
Phew. It’s been a busy fall as the Marsy’s Law for Iowa team has hit the road over the past few weeks.
We've been talking a lot about Domestic Violence Awareness Month the past few weeks. During the month of October, we're working with our coalition members to see how we can be helpful and life their voices up, to show how anyone can become a victim of domestic violence and share resources on where to get help.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the country, a time to amplify the voices and survivors of domestic violence, and raise awareness of the issues they face each and every day. The Marsy's Law for Iowa team is spending the month meeting with our survivor coalition members from across the state, listening to their stories and working with them to truly make a change in Iowa.
Nothing has been easy for Shal-Marie since she became a victim survivor. But that hasn't stopped her from pushing through, charting her own course, and being an outspoken advocate for victims. As you read Shal-Marie's, "In Their Own Words," remember that her story is painful and not uncommon. Iowa crime victims have felt pushed aside by our criminal justice system for too long. They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. You can follow along on our Facebook page, to see live posts of our series. This week, we're sharing survivor Shal-Marie's message, and it's in her own words...