Naperville Police Host Victim Services Information Fair to Provide Resources to Protect and Assist Victims of Crime
The Naperville Police Department is hosting its third annual victim services information fair on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, to connect victims of crime to local, state and federal resources and services.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, three million Americans are victims of violence each year. Designed to raise awareness about crime victims’ rights and available services, the free information fair will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon on April 10, at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave. in Naperville.
A collection of local, regional and national organizations will be available during an open resource fair in the lobby of Went Concert Hall for the duration of the event. The public may enter and exit the resource fair freely at any time during the three-hour event. Participating organizations in the past have included the Victim Service Units and Children Advocacy Centers of both DuPage and Will counties, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Adult Protective Services, Mutual Ground, Family Shelter Service, National Alliance for Mental Illness and many, many more. Attendees will also be able to gather resources from such agencies as the Federal Trade Commission, IRS and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, among others.
In addition, two free educational programs will be offered in the concert hall auditorium.
- At 9 a.m., a panel representing numerous agencies will discuss their individual organization’s roles and interactions with survivors of sexual assault as well as their collaboration with each other through the life cycle of a sexual assault case. This panel will include Elmhurst Hospital SANE Nurse Kerry O’Connor, YWCA Metro Chicago Sexual Assault Advocate Colleen Zavodny, Assistant DuPage County State’s Attorney Jim Scaliatine, and Naperville Police Department Detective Paul Elliott.
- At 10:30 a.m., the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) will present their program, TEAM ADAM, which is their rapid, on-site assistance to law enforcement agencies and families in serious cases of missing children.
For professionals, YWCA Metro Chicago is sponsoring 2.5 free CEU’s for LCP/LCPC/LSW/LCSWs for attendance to the presentations. Individuals interested in receiving CEU’s are asked to register in advance at www.eventbrite.com/o/naperville-police-department-19778021766.
“This is such an important initiative because we want victims to know that they are not alone, especially in this community,” said Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall. “We want to empower people to know their rights as victims and help connect them to the multitude of services available to them locally, regionally and nationally.”
Naperville Police would like to thank all of the participating agencies, in particular North Central College, which donated the space for this important resource event.
This event falls during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, observed April 7-13, 2019. This national observance aims to promote public awareness about challenges crime victims face, as well as the laws, policies and programs available to protect and assist them in their recovery. For more information about Crime Victims’ Rights Week, visit https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/.
For more information about the victim services information fair in Naperville, contact Naperville Police Social Worker Jamie Horner at (630) 420-4165 or Naperville Police Victim Advocate Gianna Trombino at (630) 305-5488.
About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.