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Domestic violence victims urged to seek help

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - National Crime Victims Rights Week gives the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence a chance to reach out to victims.

It is informing victims of their rights and available resources.

The coalition operates 12 shelters across the state.

Heather's T.R.E.E., a domestic violence prevention organization named for Heather Spencer, is assisting the group.

Spencer was killed by her ex-boyfriend in September of 2007.

"There's a system in place that is accessible to them to help encourage victims to come forward so that they know that resources are there to help them and there is a place to go," said Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Anna Walker Crump.

"Upon a victim entering the shelter they apply for emergency grants. This is a cash grant cycle, and those monies can be used for anything from a cell phone to apartment deposit," said Mary Ann Kirby, of Heather's T.R.E.E.

The state Coalition Against Domestic Violence is celebrating 30 years in existence.

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