DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (March 27, 2017) – On Tuesday, April 4, Halifax Health – Hospice Traumatic Loss Program, in collaboration with the Seventh Judicial Circuit Victims’ Services Coalition, will host a breakfast and awards event honoring local law enforcement officers and victim advocates in observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which takes place April 2-8, 2017. The breakfast and awards event will be held at The Palmetto Club, 1000 South Beach Street in Daytona Beach from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Each April, Halifax Health – Hospice Traumatic Loss Program and The Victims’ Services Coalition of the Seventh Judicial Circuit observe Victims’ Rights Week. This year’s theme is “Strength. Resilience. Justice.” Featured speakers and guests at the event will include Billie Wheeler, Volusia County Council; Volusia County Sheriff Michael J. Chitwood; and Flagler County Undersheriff Jack Bisland. State Attorney R.J. Larizza will be the event’s keynote speaker.
In addition, Emilee Cope, a victim advocate for the Edgewater Police Department, will share her story about how her father’s death in 2009, which became known by the local media as “The Edgewater Hog Tie Murder,” changed her life forever. She will discuss how the compassionate care she received through the Halifax Health - Hospice Traumatic Loss Program helped her to heal from the sudden loss of her father and inspired her to help others who have faced trauma, especially adolescents and young adults. This led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2014.
“I can honestly say that my mother and I both would not be where we are today in our lives and in our healing had it not been for the support and sincerity of Halifax Health – Hospice Traumatic Loss Program,” Cope says, adding, “Our community and many communities in our country are in need of mental health services, especially for individuals who have faced trauma. I’m happy to say our community is fortunate enough to have an organization that truly understands the need for these services and goes above and beyond to make those services accessible to those in need.”
Halifax Health – Hospice offers an array of bereavement groups, including Traumatic Loss, Young Widows, and Children’s Grief Support. For a complete list of bereavement support groups, contact the Halifax Health – Hospice Bereavement Department at 386.425.4738.
Also during the event, local law enforcement officers and victim advocates will be honored with the following awards: Outstanding Service, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, and Victim Advocate of the Year. Those in attendance who are United States military veterans will be recognized with a special pinning
This breakfast and awards event is open to local law enforcement officers and victim advocates only. For more information, call 386.258.3237.
Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with four outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, two community clinics, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks. For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.