HISTORY
CVAC HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS

1972         Aid for Victims of Crime founded by Carol Vittert in St. Louis, MO  

1982         Ed Stout named Executive Director.

1984        AVC is co-founder of new statewide association - The Missouri Victim Assistance Network (MOVA)  - later responsible for introducing statewide victim reforms.  

1987        AVC receives "Leading the Way" award from the Coalition of 100 Black Women.

1990        AVC co-founds with YWCA the new Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), which provides crisis intervention for sexual assault victims.

1993       Missouri Constitutional Amendment for rights of crime victims passes with 85.5% of voters.  Celebrated 20th anniversary as nation's first victim assistance program.

1994      National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) gives AVC its highest award of program distinction.

1995      AVC is chosen to participate on NOVA's Crisis Response Team in Oklahoma City following the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building.

2000      AVC receives special recognition from Governor Mel Carnahan for its leadership in victim services at the State's annual victim rights week ceremony on the steps of the State
           Capitol.

2002      AVC receives the National Victim Service Award from the Office of Victims of Crime, U. S. Department of Justice.












2003     AVC changes name to: Crime Victim Advocacy Center of St. Louis (CVAC)

2004     CVAC Becomes Founding Member of St. Louis Family Justice Center

2005     CVAC Joins HHS Rescue & Restore Coalition Against Human Trafficking
           CVAC signs shared services affiliation agreement with ARCHS and relocates
           offices to St. Louis' Grand Center.
           CVAC continues to independently serve more than 2,000 individuals impacted by crime each year.
           Julie Lawson named Executive Director.
           CVAC launches new website service www.okbemad.org
Carol Vittert Volunteer of the Year Award: MoVA established the Carol Vittert Volunteer of the Year Award in
honor of Carol Vittert. In 1972, in St. Louis, Missouri, Carol founded the first victim assistance program in the
nation, Aid for Victims of Crime, Inc..- Now CVAC. Carol was, in effect, the first volunteer in the victim
movement. She started AVC with a group of friends who volunteered to go to the police department, pick up
lists of victims, and then go to homes to offer support. Carol is still active today as a member of the CVAC
board. This award will recognize an individual who has made considerable contributions to the field of victim
services as a volunteer. Nominations will recognize the immeasurable spirit of commitment to the cause of
creating a world that treats victims with dignity, respect and compassion that only a volunteer can possess.