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News Release

For Immediate Release
October 7, 2009

Contact:
Sandra Matheson
Director, Office of Victim/Witness Assistance
(603) 271-367

New Hampshire Attorney General's Office Recognized as a Model Homicide Victim Services Program

Attorney General Michael Delaney announces that the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office has been awarded one of two Intensive Case Management for Family Members of Homicide Victims Project Grants by the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime.

New Hampshire has been chosen as one of two states in the country, to receive an Intensive Case Management for Family Members of Homicide Victims Project Grant from the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). The Attorney General's Office of Victim/Witness Assistance (OVWA) provides 24-hour comprehensive services and support for family members and friends in all of the state's homicide cases. New Hampshire's Attorney General's Office Victim Witness office has been recognized as a model homicide services program.

The OVWA will receive $185,000 during the first year of the three-year grant cycle. In collaboration with UNH Prevention Innovations, the OVWA will evaluate the existing homicide program and identify gaps in services or areas to be enhanced or improved. A special focus will be on meeting the special needs of children, teenagers, and survivors with disabilities or special needs.

The OVWA will implement strategies to enhance the existing program and formalize protocols and procedures, training and referral networks. Grant projects will include providing training for professionals on dealing with grief and loss as related to a violent death. It will also seek to increase awareness of culturally diversity. The project will also address the need for interpretation services for victims. A network of mental health providers will be trained to provide counseling and support groups for co-victims, with a focus on the rural counties.

The OVWA will then work with OVC to replicate New Hampshire's program in other rural communities around the country.

Attorney General Delaney said, "Our goal is to meet the emotional, mental and physical needs of family members and witnesses in homicide cases; to minimize the trauma and the impact of the crime; and to prevent further victimization by the criminal justice system. We are proud to be recognized as a model program in the country."


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