Monthly Archives: April 2017

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Denim Day 2017

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Walk for the Link

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Please visit their website for more information:  South Florida Link Coalition

Florida IAFN President

Elections were recently held for the 2017 Florida International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) board. Elizabeth Marlow, RN, SANE-A, who serves as an on-call sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) for Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center was voted president-elect.

“I’m honored to be chosen among my peers for this position,” Elizabeth said. “I can’t wait to get my hands on as many activities as possible to further promote forensic nursing.” As a sexual assault forensic nurse, Elizabeth specializes in the education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of a victim who has experienced sexual assault or abuse.

IAFN, which is divided into U.S. state chapters, is an international membership organization comprised of forensic nurses working around the world and other professionals who support and complement the work of forensic nursing. The chapter president-elect, in the absence or disability of the president, performs the duties and has the authority to exercise the powers of the FL IAFN president.

In preparing for her first Florida IAFN chapter meeting of 2017, Elizabeth will learn more about the responsibility and tasks of her new position and start planning the 2017 state conference. Topics expected to be addressed include skills verification, giving court testimony and peer review of the medical-forensic records.

As a SANE, Elizabeth collaborates with other disciplines in the community such as law enforcement, crime lab personnel, child protection,  attorneys, and directly with Palm Beach County Victim Services advocates, who all provide unique and compassionate, victim-centered services to sexual assault victims. Congratulations!

Elizabeth Marlow

Elizabeth Marlow, RN, SANE-A

Glades Family Fun Fest

The second annual Glades Family Fun Fest was held recently at Glades Pioneer Park in Belle Glade.

Victim advocates Chandra Cosby and Angeletta Sewell were there as representatives of Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center to provide information about services available to crime victims.

In keeping with Victim Services’ victim-centered approach and services, the advocates responded appropriately as they interacted with the diverse population together with other local agencies who also provided education and free resources to the community.

The Glades Family Fun Fest was a true, healthy success for all who attended. In addition to receiving important information, guests enjoyed free food, and a variety of free games and activities, music and dance, bounce houses, face-painting, rock climbing, and team sports.

Glades Family Fun Fest

Chandra Cosby and Angeletta Sewell at the Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center booth

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Strangulation Training

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Palm Beach County Libraries

April 2017 SAAM Poster-Library

Palm Beach County Victim Services has created a book display in 7 of the Palm Beach County libraries that will feature books on sexual assault for April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Visit one of the displays at:

  1. Glades
  2. Lantana
  3. Okeechobee
  4. Palm Beach Gardens
  5. Summit
  6. Wellington
  7. West Boca
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SAAM Activity 04/02/17

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Palm Beach Post Article

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PBC Victim Services names Boynton detective ‘officer of year’

A Boynton Beach police detective was honored Monday by Palm Beach County Victim Services.

Det. Brent Joseph was named Officer of the Year. Joseph is part of Boynton Police’s special victims unit.

“Described by his supervisor as confident and a pit bull, Det. Joseph believes he has a purpose in life to right the wrongs that cross his path. He works tirelessly on behalf of victims and puts everything he has into his investigations. We are so very proud of him, and we thank him for his dedication and commitment,” Police Spokeswoman Stephanie Slater wrote in a Facebook post.

Click this picture to read what Victim Services wrote about him:

“I was definitely not expecting this. I love this award. It’s heavier than it looks. Team effort. Thank you very much,” Joseph said Monday.

Staff writer Mike Stucka contributed to this story.

article courtesy of the Palm Beach Post (please see the link for the full article)

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Ceremony in the Garden 2017

Ceremony in the Garden

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

by Lynda Figueredo
Sunday, April 2nd 2017

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Sharon Daugherty, the Sexual Assault Outreach Coordinator for Palm Beach County Victim Services & Certified Rape Crisis Center joined CBS 12 News This Morning to explain how you can help give survivors a voice.

Tuesday marks the 2017 Day of Action during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Survivors, family, friends, & professionals are invited to write/then read (optional) their expressions on a flag which is then placed in the ground during the Field of Hope Event April 4th.

The flag display will be filled with white written word flags plus the number of teal flags which represent all victims served in 2016.

One large flag will represent the 85% of those victims who did not reach out for services.

 There will be food, a mask making table, other stations and music to support this unique survivor speak out. The event will be held April 4th, outside the SART Office located at 4120 North Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Palm Beach County Victim Services Certified Rape Crisis Center 24/7 Helpline: 1-866-891-7273

TOLL FREE: (866) 891-7273

TTY: (561) 355-1772

Free confidential support services are available:

  • Information about Victims’ rights
  • 24 hour crisis response
  • Free forensic/rape exam
  • Guidance & support through the Criminal Justice system
  • Assistance with filing
  • State Crime Victim Compensation
  • Injunctions for protection
  • Trauma informed Individual therapy and support groups
  • Follow up, information and referral to community resources

You can also visit the Palm Beach County Victim Services website, Facebook, Twitter, and blog.

 

information courtesy of cbs12.com (click here for the article in it’s entirety)

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