The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
As the victim assistance field has grown, so has its awareness of the complex needs of crime victims and the demand for coordinated, victim centered approaches. There is increasing understanding that services are needed for communities as a whole when they are affected by certain crimes, such as acts of domestic and sexual violence, intoxication manslaughter, child abuse and many others. At the same time, victim assistance providers are recognizing that services must be tailored to meet the needs of traditionally underserved crime victims with disabilities, elderly, victims of gang violence, and victims of white collar crime/fraud.