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Review for Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc, Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center
The Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center (MCVRC) has assisted numerous individuals and families who have been victimized by crime in Maryland for over thirty years. It is the only agency that comes to mind that offers FREE services to crime victims. Services offered include counseling, court accompaniment, victim assistance, restitution assistance, legal services, and other services to fulfill victims’ needs.
Most of the existing victim laws in the State of Maryland are due to the hard work of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center and its workers, board members, and other victim professionals associated with the center. I never had any involved exposure to the legislature until I became involved with bill proposals concerning victims’ rights. The resource center staff taught me a great deal about the legislative process and I am grateful for that. One of the biggest achievements was getting the Maryland State Constitutional Amendment on Victims’ Rights passed in 1994 by the largest majority of any other state.
Anne Arundel County and some of the other jurisdictions surrounding Prince George’s County do not have an active homicide support group and they depend on the free services rendered by the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center. Many homicide survivors in Anne Arundel County have been referred by me and others to the center so they could receive the services they need.
The Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center has offices in Prince George’s County and in Baltimore City. It does tremendous outreach to Western Maryland, the Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland as well as Central Maryland. Employed workers as well as volunteers travel wherever needed to provide the care and services that victims need. There is a very strong commitment of the staff, volunteers, and board members towards assisting crime victims.
I have worked with the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center throughout its thirty years and find it to be a great resource and a very worthy organization. I serve as a board member for the center and am very proud of the center’s work. Statewide, center members and its affiliates worked hard to get the Maryland State Constitutional Amendment for Victims’ Rights passed in 1994. The MCVRC has worked over ten years on the federal constitutional amendment for victims’ rights. The center has also worked nationally with getting churches and religious organizations involved with victim services. Special programs and commitments have been done with victims of identity theft and elderly crime victims. MCVRC continues to strive in meeting all crime victims’ needs and trying to fill in wherever there are gaps. I am very proud to be associated with the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center and all the various positive impacts it has had on people.
Respectfully submitted,
Debra Tall, Program Director, Juvenile/Victim Assistance Section
Anne Arundel County Police Dept.
8495 Veterans Hwy
Millersville, MD 21108

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