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Feb 28

Grief Group Helps Teens, Parents

Posted to Community Services News on February 28, 2020 at 12:04 PM by Janet Lo

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Grief Group Helps Teens, Parents Who Had to "Face Death Too Soon"

The Daily Memphian was there when a homicide response counselor and a community engagement specialist from the Crime Victims & Rape Crisis Center met at Orange Mound Outreach Ministries to discuss using the ministry as home for the teen grief pilot program. The grief group will be for teens and their parents impacted by homicides. The Daily Memphian reports: 

“You don’t understand how much we need this,” Rev. Reginald Tucker said. “It is a real serious necessity because I’ve had several kids who have had to face death too soon and the grief process is not resolved. I had one kid’s brother to be taken, and it has been like four years and she is still acting out.”

For more than two decades, the Crime Victims & Rape Crisis Center has offered help and free counseling to those in need. This year, the center is expanding its outreach in an effort to let the public know who the center is and what the center offers. Among the offerings is the new program to help teens affected by homicides in Memphis and Shelby County.

Photos by Patrick Lantrip of the Daily Memphian

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Jan 30

Prioritizing Prevention

Posted to Community Services News on January 30, 2020 at 8:47 AM by Janet Lo

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Prioritizing Prevention
In 2019, the Crime Victims & Rape Crisis Center (CVRCC) served 3,996 victims of crime.  Yes, you read that right.  Almost 4,000 victims. And we know there are so many more people in Shelby County who have been impacted by crime but don’t know about our services or for some reason feel they can’t access them.  

This is why CVRCC’s mission is more than providing comprehensive services and resources to victims of crime. Quality, trauma-informed, and victim-centered services are important, but we know we have to work harder to get the word out about our agency’s services and about the symptoms and impact that people who suffer from trauma can experience.  To let our community know that we are here to help them on their journey towards resiliency and healing from that trauma, no matter how long ago the crime occurred.  

We also know that we have to figure out how to get ahead of this problem, to keep people from being victimized, to reduce the number of people suffering from violence-related trauma in our community.  We have to put our resources—time, money, and staffing—towards violence prevention efforts.  We have to PRIORITIZE PREVENTION.  

Primary violence prevention includes any action, strategy, or policy that works to prevent violence from occurring in the first place.  Primary prevention seeks to reduce the overall likelihood that anyone will become a victim or offender of crime by creating conditions that make violence less likely to occur.    

We are pleased to announce that we have recently been granted Rape Prevention and Education funding from the Tennessee Department of Health which allows us to hire our first-ever full-time prevention staff. This new staff member will join our two existing part-time staff to help expand our violence prevention efforts, like the healthy relationships classes we hold for Shelby County Schools or the Hope & Healing workshops we are piloting with Job Corps. That team is also working with Memphis Public Libraries, City of Memphis Ambassadors Program (MAP), and BRIDGES USA to get youth involved from across our county in leading their families and their communities in living violence-free lives.  For more information, call 901-222-3950. 

Partner Survey

Please help us assess our collaboration efforts by taking this brief survey. The Shelby County Crime Victims & Rape Crisis Center is fueled by strong partnerships throughout the county. In order to best serve residents, we are asking the community to help assess our collaborative efforts by taking a brief survey: . 

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Dec 23

Holiday Counseling for Homicide Survivors

Posted to Community Services News on December 23, 2019 at 10:28 AM by Janet Lo

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Holiday Counseling for Homicide Survivors
The holiday season can be difficult, especially if you've lost a loved one to violence. There have been 168 homicides in Memphis so far this year, Fox 13 reports. The Shelby County Crime Victims & Rape Crisis Center held holiday counseling for families of homicide victims and has other counseling programs all year-long. 

  Fox 13 was there with Aqueelah Hyman-Matthews who lost her 19-year-old son, Dominick Hull, in June. He was murdered in a triple shooting. Hull was one of 11 kids and left his big family with a big hole this holiday season.

  "He was the joy of the family, always smiling… we actually got Dominick cremated so some will go to the mantle and talk with him. Every morning I ask if they visited him, and they'll say they saw him in a dream, so they're trying to cope as best as they know how," said Matthews. 

  Recently, she found support at the crisis center. Here, she's surrounded by other homicide survivors like Tiffany Armstrong who now works at the center.

"Being that shoulder, just being that listening ear for them to vent, it’s just heartwarming and it helps me through my journey," said Armstrong.

  During the holiday themed counseling sessions, families made journals, ornaments and even keepsake pillows with loves ones' pictures on them.

  Matthews said she decorated a small Christmas tree in Dominick's honor. "To help me cope because I'm used to buying all the kids’ gifts, I'm going to purchase a small gift and place it under the tree and let the kids unwrap it for him… He loves mustangs, so I'm going to get him a small toy car," said Matthews.

  Holiday drop-in counseling has ended but the center offers free counseling all year. And, starting in January, the center is offering group sessions for teens who are homicide survivors. 

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