Women honored during Crime Victims' Rights Week in Delaware

By Mellany Armstrong 12:53pm, April 7, 2014
A woman who helps people get through some of the worst days of their lives is honored during Delaware Crime Victims' Rights Week.

"I never get to meet anyone on a good day, and we try and make that day at least understandable, if not positive," said Barbara Benezet, coordinator for New Castle County of Child Inc.'s Domestic Violence Advocacy Program.

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Benezet says her office takes thousands of phone calls and goes to court hundreds of times each year to help victims. She says victims need a lot of help to overcome what's happened to them.

"A sense of shame, a sense of isolation, a sense of guilt and responsibility that are unfounded. A sense that they are alone or that no one will listen to or understand them," she said.

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Benezet and Laurel Braunstein of the Department of Justice, Victim/Witness Unit were named 2014 Outstanding Professionals by the Delaware Victims Rights’ Task Force for their work.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week was created to promote victims’ rights and to honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. The week’s feature event is a tribute and candlelight vigil Wednesday at Delaware State University in Dover.

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