The History of VRC

Beginning in 1974.

The Victims Resource Center began in 1974 as a grassroots organization called the Luzerne County Women Organized Against Rape. The organization was formed as a response to the nationwide rape crisis movement to serve as a support and resource center for women who were victims of crime, particularly rape.

In 1979, due to the increasing number of victims seeking services, an office was opened in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Staffed by two people, the organization’s mission was to coordinate and increase services provided by volunteers. In 1982, the name was changed to the Victims Resource Center to better reflect current and future goals. Since that time, VRC has developed numerous direct service and educational programs to meet the needs of victims, their families, friends and the community as a whole.

Over the years, the organization has expanded its scope of types of victims served, the range of services provided and the geographic area covered. VRC’s vision of meeting the need for quality, comprehensive services for victims of all types of crime has remained constant.

Today, the organization focuses on direct services to clients, prevention education programs for the community and advocacy on behalf of crime victims in Luzerne, Carbon and Wyoming counties.

VRC’s goal from its earliest beginnings to the present day has always been to help victims through the painful transition from victim to survivor.