Victims Assistance Center Leader Resigns

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The executive director of the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County is stepping down.

Elaina Marra has resigned and intends to retire.

She has served as the executive director since 1995. 

Marra's last day at the Victims Assistance Center will be May 29. 

The board of directors is currently seeking an interim executive director of the center and will begin the search for a new executive director immediately.

When Marra joined the organization, it was known as the Jefferson County Women's Center.  

According to a news release from the center's board, Marra created a comprehensive victim's assistance program providing residential and non-residential direct services to victims/survivors of violence in Jefferson County.  

Working with local criminal justice and judicial systems leaders, Marra opened satellite offices in the district attorney's office and the Jefferson County Court complex.

In partnership with the DA's office, local law enforcement, Fort Drum emergency services and the probation department, she established the Immediate Response Team Program that pairs VAC advocates with law enforcement officers at incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

In 2006, Marra worked with the community to initiate the Child Advocacy Center.

Most recently, she oversaw the development of a new shelter for victims of domestic violence and homelessness. 

"For nearly twenty years, Elaina has been one of our community's strongest advocates for victims of violence and crimes," said Carole McCoy, president of the Board of Directors.  "The number of individuals and families in Jefferson County that she has assisted is countless.  We, like many in our community, are thankful for her service and tireless dedication."

"It has been my privilege to work with all of my staff members past and present, as well as the broader community, to bring safety through victim's services to our community," said Marra. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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