Hello wonderful community member and thank you for reading the Crime Victim Advocacy Program’s digital newsletter, The Voice.
As Crime Victim Advocates we help anyone who has been a victim of any crime such as Arson, Burglary, Identity Theft, Fraud, Child abuse, Elder Abuse, Assault, Robbery, Kidnapping, Missing Persons, Gang Violence, Human Trafficking and survivors of Homicide victims.
All of our services are free and confidential.
We have two full time Crime Victim Advocates at the Emergency Support Shelter: Stephanie Elbert and Shira Moskowitz.
It is our job to provide support, validation and resources to victims. Some of the most common tasks we help victims with are filing a police report, filing for Crime Victims Compensation, filing for Anti-harassment or Vulnerable Adult Protection Orders and court accompaniment.
CVAP Advocates both say they’re passionate about what they do because they love helping others and making sure every victim has a voice.
Crime Victim Advocates provide a voice to the voiceless, empowerment to all victims and unconditional support and validation.
“We want all victims to know they are never alone.”
Crime Victim Advocacy Program
1330 11th Avenue, Longview, WA
24/7 Hotline: 360-425-1176
Meet our Crime Victim Advocacy Program Team
Shira Moskowitz is the newest addition to the Crime Victim Advocacy Program. She joins us after working as a social services reporter for The Daily News for a little over a year.
“I covered social services as a reporter because I wanted to give people a voice. I got so passionate about the social services field that I was covering that I decided I wanted to become a part of it,” she said of her switch into the advocacy field.
Shira earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University Northridge and said being able to cover social services for the local newspaper allowed her to connect with leaders in the social services field. She was also able to learn about all our community’s social services programs, which in turn has helped her connect clients in the Crime Victim Advocacy Program to proper resources.
Her favorite CVAP topic to educate others on is Identity theft, Fraud and Elder Abuse.
“I feel like those are common crimes that we see every day but that are not always talked about, so what to do when someone falls victim to a crime like that is not always clear. I love to inform people on how they can take action and empower themselves to stay safe and gain back their freedom.”
Stephanie Elbert has been an advocate at the Emergency Support Shelter for 13 years and said that CVAP is her passion.
Stephanie loves her job as a Crime Victim Advocate because she wants others to know they are never alone and because she loves to better her community.
“Something I’ve always enjoyed is that we help all victims of crime. It’s never just one type of crime. We help with everything. I love the creativity factor of being able to help others with all types of crimes. I’m always learning new skills and new ways to help people stay safe,” she said.
“Stephanie has a passion for educating our community about domestic violence, human trafficking awareness and child abuse prevention.”
“As a former survivor of domestic violence and seeing what my children have gone through, I want to educate and better the future of all children in our community. It is my goal to make sure children are never forgotten.”
See tips 1-3 for information about Identity Theft/Tax Fraud
Call the Crime Victim Advocacy Program for help in doing any of the above steps, for support and for other resources at 360-425-1176
CVAP Upcoming events
What: Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness Week Family Carnival and Resource Fair
Where: Youth and Family Link in Longview When: Noon to 3 p.m. on April 23rd.
Description: Please join CVAP in hosting its first ever Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness Week Family Carnival and Resource Fair. Complete with a rock wall, obstacle course, crafts table, games, prizes, food and community resource tables.