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For Immediate Release

December 2, 2013

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

New Hampshire Department of Correction Victim Services Resource Center Opens

(Concord, N.H.) The New Hampshire Department of Corrections Victim Services Bureau opens a new resource center at the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord on Monday, December 2, 2013. A ribbon cutting ceremony will officially begin a new era of providing support to survivors, victim families, and staff who work for the Department.

The new Victim Resource Center is dedicated to Peter Michaud, the Department’s longtime Victim Services Coordinator who died in February 2013. It honors his legacy in support of survivors and victim’s families in New Hampshire. Michaud created the Victim Services Division in 1997 and managed it up until his death. His successor is Jessica Parent.

The two room resource center is located on the first floor inside the New Hampshire State Prison on 281 North State Street in Concord. The room includes a waiting room and a private meeting room so that survivors and victims of crime can feel comfortable seeking the support and information they need to cope with the aftermath of a crime that affected their lives.

Commissioner William L. Wrenn welcomed the new addition and said, “Victims and survivors of crime are impacted in different ways and we have a responsibility to provide support and assistance to these individuals so that they can move forward in their lives in a positive way. The establishment of this Resource Center will have that positive impact of those who take advantage of it.”

At the end of Fiscal Year 2013, people who were victims or survivors of 2,041 current inmates, parolees and probationers were registered for notification of offender status changes and other direct services. New requests for victim notification were received from 487 households. Victim Services staff documented 7,007 contacts with victims/survivors.

For more information about the Victim Services Bureau please visit the official DOC website here: http://www.nh.gov/nhdoc/divisions/victim/index.html.

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