Lubbock non-profit helps victims of violent crimes prevail in an

Lubbock non-profit helps victims of violent crimes prevail in and out of the courtroom

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Being a victim of a violent crime can be a difficult and stressful experience, one that no one is ever prepared for. Creating normalcy in the victim's life can take months, even years. The criminal justice system can be overwhelming, intimidating, and confusing for anyone. 

A violent crime can scar someone forever, igniting a sense of outrage, pain, and sorrow, physical and emotional distress no one is ever prepared for. Dealing with the trauma without any help can be daunting.

"We look at it as if we were in their shoes, what would we need and what would we want," said Pam Alexander-Schneider, founder of Lubbock Victim Assistance Services. "We just try our best, you really can't put a victim in a mold, because each one is going to be different then the other, they are going to have different needs and we are just there for them, whatever it is I don't say no, I go in and say let me see what I can find out."

For more than 26 years Lubbock Victim Assistance Services' mission has been to ensure all victims of violent crimes are treated with fairness, dignity, and compassion. This non profit steps in as an advocate helping victims and their families understand the criminal justice system.

This entity usually works 5 to 600 victim cases a month, time line on these cases can run from a few months up to several years.

"We do what we do and it is not a career and it is not a job, it's our purpose in life", said Alexander-Schneider. "I think with that you can carry on and God allows you to put it where it needs to be."

The agency also provides counseling along with claiming crime victim compensation from the state.

 

 

 

 

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