On top of physical and emotional trauma, victims of violent crimes are often burdened with overwhelming financial costs. Through the Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Program, victims and their families can apply to be reimbursed for expenses accrued as a result of a violent crime, such as medical costs and loss of earnings. However, many victims aren’t aware that such a program exists, forcing them to bear the full financial burden themselves as they try to heal physical and emotional wounds. “Information on the Compensation Program is in a small box on the back of the police report. Without advocacy and community outreach, a lot of victims don’t even know the program exists,” says Denise Davis, Crime Victim Advocate at LAF.
In her nearly 25 years at LAF, Denise has provided support to countless victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. From writing letters to creditors on behalf of her clients so they’ll put collection efforts on hold, to reaching out to doctors and dentists to see if they’d be willing to provide their services, Denise goes above and beyond to make sure her clients get what they need to be able to rebound from their victimization. “It’s about doing what we can to help them be whole again.”
Individual contributions enable Denise to continue supporting crime victims as they fight to get their lives back on track. Help LAF start the new year strong by making your tax-deductible donation for 2016 today at www.lafchicago.org.