FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2013
Contact: Kath Cummins
Director for Public Affairs
The shocking drive-by shooting and injury of 13 people in Chicago on Thursday night reminds us that many of our urban communities deal with the life-changing consequences of violence every day.
Crime victims in cities and towns across America will struggle to find physical and mental healthcare and rebuild their lives unless we take active steps to help them - both financially and with support services.
"Whether perpetrated by a lone shooter, by gang members or by other criminals, all crimes of violence leave victims behind who we are obliged to support for as long as they need," said National Center Executive Director Mai Fernandez.
The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.