Tennessee Voices For Victims (TVFV) began out of a collaboration between Verna Wyatt, Sara Kemp, and Valerie Craig, who have decades of experience working on behalf of victims of crime in Tennessee. Currently, there is no central agency that links victims of crimes together across the state. TVFV will work to create a statewide network of crime survivors with the goal of HEALING:
For being such a young agency, TVFV has proved its need in the community over and over again. During 2016, we have:
1. Presented 132 presentations in our community on a variety of crime and justice topics including child abuse, domestic violence, sexting, cyberbullying, and sexual assault. We educated over 8,000 participants through these programs.
2. Responded to calls from 48 victims of crime who were experiencing difficulty with the justice system. These calls represented 17 different judicial districts out of 31 Judicial Districts that are in Tennessee.
3. Numerous collaborations including: co-hosted trainings with various national organizations to train advocates about crimes that pertain to their clientele, served as the only victim advocate out of the 27 members on the Governor's Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism, a member of the Tennessee Children's Justice Task Force, member of the ACES Nashville Group, member of the City of Nashville's Domestic Violence Coalition, and long-time chair of the Davidson County Crime Victims' Rights Week Ceremony.
1. To continue to build our donor base. Since our inception, the money raised in support of our mission and activities has increased each year; however, we need to continue pressing forward to make the agency financially sustainable.
2. To increase our profile throughout the state so victims/survivors have a better ability to reach out to us and be connected with available services.
3. To grow the educational arm of the agency so we are able to reach more individuals and reduce violent crime by engaging the community.
Like most nonprofit agencies, the challenges for TVFV is staff time availability and funding. Funding could solve the staff availability challenge by allowing us to hire additional staff. We have many opportunities every week for providing trainings, educational classes and presentations in Davidson and other Tennessee Counties. Victim Impact for incarcerated men and women is cutting edge programing for prisons that has not yet been active in jail programming. The opportunity for expanding victim impact programming in Tennessee and across the nation in prisons and jails is a wonderful opportunity for us. We are the leading victim advocate experts on victim impact facilitation in Tennessee, with 8 years of weekly facilitation experience. Our expertise in training and facilitation, as well as the victim impact curriculum we have developed can generate revenue for our agency. Our goal is to generate revenue from victim impact curriculum and train the trainer sessions that we would conduct. We are marketing these services across Tennessee and the nation. The challenge is to meet opportunities with a staff of three, who are engaged in all duties and responsibilities of running an office. Presently, our ability to fill every request is stretched. However, the three founders are dedicated to making our agency successful, and we are devoting overtime hours to meet as many requests as possible, and not taking a financial compensation in order to get the agency on a strong foundation.
TVFV wanted Board and Advisory Council members with passion for our mission. We wanted diversity, because crime happens to all people. We wanted survivors of crime. We wanted diverse professionals, leaders in their profession, who understood crime issues. We are blessed to have this. Mark Deering, is Vice Pres. of Southwestern Investment Grp. A husband and father who sees the need for preventing crime. Sheryl DeMott, has counseled crime victims, was victim liaison for TDOC for ten yrs, and began victim impact programming that is now conducted in every prison in TN. She was Dpty. Dir. of Clinical Svs for TDOC, retiring in 2013. Amy Griffith is Director of the Victim Intervention Program with the Metro Police Dept. She has personally counseled thousands, and supervised victim service counselors for 25 years. She is routinely called to crime scenes to address immediate needs of victims. She began the annual Season To Remember service in Davidson Co. for homicide survivors, which inspired the TN State Season to Remember. Becky Griffith is co-owner of Briarpatch Catering, a strong victim advocate, a survivor of rape who was an early voice for victims. Carol Etherington has a master’s in psych-mental health and worked with the police for 19 years serving victims of crime. Carol is drawn to places like Bosnia, Cambodia, Angola, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, sites of wars and natural disasters. She served on the U.S. medical team with the International Red Cross, or ICRC, aiding refugees from the Pol Pot regime. She and her colleagues treated more than 100,000 victims of war. Maya Sethi, is Litigation Counsel for HCA. She is a wife and mother and has a heart for preventing crime and helping victims. Kathleen Starnes Maxwell, is a small business owner, former chair of the Davidson Co. Republican Party, a rape survivor, and victim advocate for over 23 years. Dannelle Walker, is general council for TN Dept. of Education. She investigates teacher misconduct matters in Tennessee and she has a heart for justice and helping victims. Our Advisory Council is also rich with experience and talent from across the State – prosecutors, survivors of crime, advocates, law enforcement, educators, State Commissioners. If there is a challenge for our Board / Council, it would be fundraising. But, their passion and talent will translate into sharing TVFV with others who can offer financial support.
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