Local victim shares her story of support

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 9:39am

Local law enforcement agencies will commemorate Crime Victims' Rights Week throughout this week.  One local woman shared her story of putting her life back together after suffering the tragic death of her daughter.

In September 2008, the body of Vickie Britton's daughter, Tavia, was found in a pond in Shreveport's MLK area.  At that moment, she did not know where to turn financially or emotionally until she reached out to the Caddo Parish District Attorney's office.

Britton told us that Karen Ashton and Lesley Lacey, both of the District Attorney's office, were by her side through it all.  "They went through the court cases with me," and made sure she knew when the court dates and times would be, said Britton.

But it was more than just sitting with her in the courtroom.  Representatives from the District Attorney's Victims Assistance Program comforted her throughout the long process.  Britton told us they would call her on the phone just to check on her.  "They fed me, talked with me, cried with me," Britton added.  "They were very, very supportive."

The Victims Assistance Program handles all cases from homicides to child sexual assaults to domestic violence cases.  Other agencies like The Gingerbread House and the Caddo Sheriff's Office also provide this same type of support for crime victims.

"A lot of times when people become victims of crime, they don't have the resources for something that happened so abruptly," said Pamela Dixon of the Caddo Sheriff's Office.  She explained that the sheriff's office helps provide the financial support to help victims get back on their feet.

That financial and emotional support helped Britton find happiness after tragedy.  She told us that she is finally at peace.  "I can move forward now with my life and still know that if I need any support, I can give them a call."

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