OTTAWA — Victims of rape, domestic violence and crimes against senior citizens are all served by Crime Victim Services of Putnam County.
A community summit has been planned for Putnam County residents from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 9 at Putnam County Library Kalida branch, 301 N. 3rd St., Kalida.
The purpose of the summit is for the organization to receive feedback on what further services are needed to assist victims of crime, according to Becca Peckinpaugh, Putnam County Crime Victim Services elder victim advocate, who will lead the summit.
“Our goal is to serve every victim every time and to help with safety, healing, justice and restitution because a lot of victims don’t realize they have rights by law,” Peckinpaugh said. She said the summit will help the organization learn more about the community needs.
There are crime victim services locations with two being in Lima on Elizabeth Street and North Main Street and one in Ottawa on Third Street with the goal of the organization to prevail over victimization.
Putnam County Crime Victims Services has a home on Main Street in Ottawa where victims are welcomed to a relaxing environment with couches and toys to make children feel comfortable. There are private rooms set up where the victim can discuss what happened.
According to 2017 statistics, there were 750 people in Putnam County who received services by the organization with 43 percent violent crime, impaired driving, elder abuse and homicide, 26 percent, property crimes; 13 percent domestic violence; 11 percent rape, crisis or human trafficking and 7 percent, child abuse.
The organizations assists with rape crisis and provides a 24-hour crisis line for domestic violence. An elder abuse ministry also is provided for those 60 and older who have been victims of abuse, neglect, scams, identification theft, exploitation or assault.
A new special victims unit assures those with disabilities, elderly and immigrants receive needed services. Court advocacy services assist in juvenile, misdemeanor and felony crimes for victims’ safety, healing, justice and restitution needs.
The organization also assists victims with access to services they might not be aware of, such as senior or transportation services. Domestic violence victims receive information on civil protection orders and rape victims receive assistance with making sure they receive a medical exam.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.