Crime victim advocate to host open house
DeSOTO - Author and Crime Victim Advocate Shirley Shepler is scheduled to kick off the whirlwind efforts of EcCare Health Centers’ Crime Victim Medicine. Not only is the facility dedicated to assisting the crime victim to get the proper medical care needed, but they will assist the crime victim to apply for benefit eligibility from the Crime Victims Compensation Fund. Shepler and her husband, Brian Shepler, will be hosting an open house at EcCare Health Center’s Desoto facility Saturday, Feb. 18; and EcCare’s Irving facility open house on Saturday, Feb. 25.
A supporter of victim’s rights for the past five years, Shepler wants to help anyone she can and hopes her book “My reflection in His eyes,” which tells the story of her family’s walk through crime and reconciliation, will be able to do just that.
In the past year, Shepler has traveled from Texas to the East coast speaking with crime victim advocacy groups, serving on Dallas County’s Victim Impact Panel and has completed courses to become certified in crime victim advocacy.
In addition, she also serves as a peer reviewer for the Office of Justice Program of Peer Review Database (PRD) in Washington, D.C. and is a guest lecturer at Cedar Valley College’s Police Academy.
Recently, Shepler was nominated for the 2012 National Crime Victim’s Rights award.