National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2-8, 2017
The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM) is commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 2-8, 2017 to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights. Last year, over 5 million individuals were a victim of a crime, and there were nearly 15 million property victimizations (according to the 2015 National Crime Victimization Survey conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics).
A Crime Victim Vigil will commemorate the advancement of victims’ rights and highlight issues surrounding victimization on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) of the U.S. Department of Justice leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2-8, by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s theme—Strength. Resilience. Justice.—emphasizes the importance of multidisciplinary responses and building the capacity of individuals, service providers, and communities to respond to crime and support the ongoing healing of victims and survivors. The theme also supports OVC’s Vision 21 Initiative to encourage research, address emerging issues, and build the capacity of victim service organizations by increasing the use of technology and training.
PAAM and OVC encourage widespread participation in the week’s events and in other victim-related observances throughout the year. The U.S. Department of Justice will host OVC’s annual National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC, to honor outstanding individuals and programs that serve victims of crime.
For additional information about this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and how to assist victims in your community, please contact PAAM at (517) 334-6060, Ext. 807. For additional ideas on how to support victims of crime, visit the OVC website, www.ovc.gov.