When a violent crime occurs to an individual, or within a family, victims often don’t know what to do after the initial call to police, and they don’t realize that there are resources available to them, often for free.
Host Donna R. Gore welcomes Anne Seymour’s return to Shattered Lives Radio as a champion advocate, and she’s bringing information about FREE resources from her vast contribution to the rights of victims.
What happens after the initial call to law enforcement? Who or what does a crime victim turn to for help and healing?
Shattered Lives Radio listeners will have the opportunity to learn about resources for specific crime victims, i.e. domestic violence or sexual assault, as well as organizations who assist all victims of crime and value their rights. They will discuss the importance of victim assistance from national programs as well as the necessity for professional victim impact statements in court.
Anne Seymour has 30 years of experience as a national victim advocate. She is a Co-founder of and Senior Advisor to the Washington, D.C.-based national non-profit Justice Solutions, and Consultant to the Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project. She began her career in 1984 as the Director of Public Affairs for the National Office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and, from 1985 to 1993, as co-founder and Director of Communications of the National Victim Center (now National Center for Victims of Crime).
Seymour has developed and implemented training and technical assistance programs to strengthen victims’ rights and services in law enforcement, prosecution, the judiciary, juvenile justice, restorative justice and community and institutional corrections. Her extensive research includes co-authoring the landmark study Rape in America: A Report to the Nation in 1992; she is the principal author of the American Correctional Association’s Report and Recommendations on Victims of Juvenile Offenderspublished in 1994, as well as of the Office for Victims of Crime Special Report on Victims of Gang Violence. Seymour is a principal author of the National Victim Assistance Academy texts sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime, as well co-author of the NVAA’s advanced offerings, including the “Ultimate Educator” Training-for-Trainers” text and the “Leadership in Victim Services” text. She has served as a Consultant to over ten State Victim Assistance Academies.
She has authored or contributed to over 30 curricula and texts published by the Office for Victims of Crime since 1989, including “The Victim Role in Offender Reentry” and “Creating a Victim Focus: A Guide to Working with Victims During Offender Reentry” books. She is the co-author and editor of Legacy of Community Justice. Seymour was also the Director of the OVC Strategic Planning Toolkit Project, and served as its principal author and editor, and coordinator of a national “training for planners” and Statewide Strategic Planning Conference for six states, both held in 2003. She was the Project Director for OVC’s Oral History Project, and its National Public Awareness and Education Campaign. Seymour has also served as a consultant and trainer for the U.S. Department of State to help improve services to American citizens who are victimized abroad, and was Co-investigator on the first project to determine mental health problems in Vietnam. She has appeared in virtually every news medium — including all network morning shows and evening newscasts, Nightline, Larry King Live, Crossfire, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Frontline — as an expert on crime victims’ rights.
Seymour is a member of the U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Advisory Group; the victim advocate representative on the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board; a member of the USDOJ PREA Review Committee; and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Victims’ Constitutional Amendment Network, the International Association of Reentry, Security on Campus, and the American Probation and Parole Association (and is past Chair and founding member of its Victim Issues Committee). She is a Founding and Core Faculty Member of the National Victim Assistance Academy; project team member for the Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) project; training consultant to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; consultant to the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators; Secretary of the National Association of Victim Service Professionals in Corrections; and a member of the District of Columbia Advisory Commission on Sentencing.
Seymour has received numerous honors for her efforts, including the 2013 Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center Champion for Crime Victims Award; 2012 APPA Jo Kegans Award for Outstanding Victim Services; the 2011 Victim Advocacy Award from the National Crime Victim Law Institute; the 2007 U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy; and the 1992 “Outstanding Services to Crime Victims” award from President Bush. She graduated from California State University, Chico in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work/Corrections, and was valedictorian of her graduating class. Seymour completed her coursework in the CSU, Chico Masters of Public Administration Program. She lives in Washington, DC where she enjoys gardening, cooking and cheering for her beloved Green Bay Packers.