Victims of violent crime drive legislative change to state programs, pushing against barriers to aid

Media May 31, 2023

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“Lenore Anderson, president and co-founder of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, which organizes victims to advocate for criminal justice reforms, has pushed program administrators for years to shift their focus from eligibility requirements to victim needs.

‘It feels so obvious that the very least we can do when someone is hurt by crime and violence is ask, “What do you need?” And the fact that that is completely counter to how these bureaucratic systems operate is shocking,’ she said.”

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