“This week, we pause for our annual commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. We honor the memory of those who have endured unspeakable heartache and unbearable tragedy. We celebrate those who have persevered, despite traumatic events. We hope that this week will bring needed attention to the services available and rights given to victims of crime throughout the criminal justice system. Moreover, we pray that lawyers and judges throughout the nation will never forget that cases are more than 'just cases.' Instead, our work in court is a critical stage for victims' healing during some of the most difficult life altering events.
“As Commonwealth's Attorney, my office is committed to serving victims. We work every day to bring strength, resilience, justice and healing. That's why we have an open door policy for those victimized by crime. That's why it is important for us to pause this week to recognize National Crime Victims' Rights Week."
National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) is an annual commemoration in the United States that promotes victims' rights and services. This year communities across the country will be observing NCVRW from April 2 to 8, 2017. April is also recognized nationally as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year's theme for the observance - “Strength. Resilience. Justice.” - reflects the vision in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.
In Virginia, victim witness assistance programs offer numerous services, including educating victims of their rights, notification of victims and witnesses of information regarding their cases, explanation of the steps in the criminal justice process, assistance in obtaining reimbursement and restitution, and victim crisis counseling and referrals.
Events will be held in Wise County on Thursday, April 6, 2017 and across the Commonwealth next week for National Crime Victims' Rights Week. More information about National Crime Victims' Rights Week is available on the Office of Justice Programs Website: https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/.