We are a grassroots organization founded in 1984 by crime victims and volunteers. KVCV provides advocacy to survivors of homicide victims, including emotional support, court accompaniment, peer support groups, and access to all available services and resources for healing.
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After Anne and Earl’s son was murdered, recognizing the need for change, they founded KVCV and became pioneers in the victims’ movement. Anne and Earl dedicated their lives to serving victims. Earl traveled KY to accompany victims to court and Anne built the first peer support groups in KY. Anne single-handedly fought for victim meeting rooms outside KY courtrooms. In 2002, the unimaginable happened and their second son was murdered as he went to assist a neighbor who had just been burglarized. Following the murder of their second son, Anne and Earl, both in their 70s, continued their work at KVCV until Earl passed away. Anne, still strong in her Christian faith and her passion for others, was engaged in decision making at KVCV until she passed away in 2021. In addition to the award presented to KVCV by President Reagan, Ann was awarded the prestigious Bell Award, the National NOVA award, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky Victims of Homicide Memorial Task Force.
To provide victim assistance and support to homicide victim survivors, to support efforts to improve victims’ rights, and to make comprehensive services and resources easy to access.
Founded by victims and volunteers, KVCV recognized the value of peer support for homicide victims’ survivors and in the past 35-years has built many lifetime friendships between victims and volunteers who fostered relationships built on sharing and caring. KVCV provides victim-centered victim assistance through emotional support, information and referral, assistance filing for available benefits, guidance through the criminal and civil justice process, victim support groups, and speedy access to other services and resources for healing.