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Legal Aid Center designated Statewide Victim Assistance Center

By: - November 2, 2021 11:02 am
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The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada was recently designated to provide statewide assistance and support for victims.

Lawmakers passed Assembly Bill 481 in the 2021 Legislative Session that enabled the Division of Child and Family Services to create the first Statewide Victim Assistance Center to offer support services, training and technical assistance to communities.

During the bill’s hearing in May, Ross Armstrong, the division’s administrator, said the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip in October 2017 “revealed the need for a designated victim center with processes, trained staff and victim-centered approaches to respond to complex and significant needs.”

Legal Aid had previously done victim assistance through the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, which was established after the shooting. 

“For many victims of crime, there are no centralized victim-services, leading victims to navigate the system alone,” said Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, in a statement. “Our office looks forward to expanding the work of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center by helping more victims with trauma-informed services such as system navigation, assistance with Victims of Crime funding, legal aid, and help with behavioral health resources. It’s an honor to be involved in the first statewide victim assistance center.”

The center, which is designated until Sept. 30, 2026, will be able to connect victims to case management and information on counseling services as well as provide legal assistance.  

For more information, visit lacsn.org. 

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Michael Lyle
Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

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