2007 Community Awareness Projects by State
The projects and their planned activities
are grouped by state.
Use the alphabetical index to quickly find your state.
with county school system to promote NCVRW and distribute crime victim
information at assemblies held in each middle school and high school.
Partnered with Sheriff’s office and Attorney General’s office to create
a billboard campaign Partnered with the
Crime Victims Compensation Commission and held a candlelight vigil
at which there was a guest speaker and a balloon release. Press
were issued and local television stations and print media were
invited to cover the events at the schools and the candlelight vigil.
Victims for Justice: Collaborated
with numerous community organizations and allied professionals and
promoted and kick-off NCVRW with a banquet to recognize victims, volunteers
and professionals. The keynote speaker was Sharon D’Eusanio, a survivor
of a violent crime. To honor all victims of crime, hosted the Victims
for Justice Tree Ceremony, at which the public tied ribbons of different
colors to represent different types of crimes and survivors were invited
to speak. The media campaign to promote NCVRW includes creating and running
public service announcements along with radio, television and print advertisements.
Also produced posters, flyers and other materials to announce the
week’s events and provide information on victims’ rights and services.
(Bisbee, AZ) Cochise
County Attorney's Victim Witness Program: Collaborated with numerous
businesses, area medical centers, victim service providers, related
law enforcement organizations
and the faith community to hold a walk/run to promote NCVRW. Ribbons
and t-shirts were created to commemorate the week. At the site
of the walk/run, resource booths sponsored by allied professionals,
provided NCVRW magnets, bookmarks and victims’ rights handouts in English
and Spanish. Had activities for children (jumping castles,
face-painting, balloon animals, etc.). NCVRW and related events were
be promoted through
grocery bag inserts, promotional flyers (English and Spanish), radio
and newspapers announcements and billboards rented throughout the county.
(West Memphis, AR) City of West Memphis-Mayor's Victim Advocacy Program: Collaborated with community-based victim service providers to promote NCVRW events by hosting a child identification day and a “Kids Are Our Business” breakfast. NCVRW media campaign included king-size posters on the exterior of public transportation buses. The media campaign also included public service announcements on local cable access channel and newspaper press releases. Created an updated victims’ rights card in English and Spanish for law enforcement to distribute and purchased display boards, posters, bookmarks, key chains, ribbons, and bumper stickers to give out at the various events held during NCVRW.
(Pine Bluff, AR)
Healing Place Ministries: Collaborated with prosecuting attorney’s
victim witness program, adult protective services and faith community
and developed a multimedia public
awareness campaign to promote NCVRW. The campaign included on-air media
interviews, 100 60-second radio commercials and printed flyers for
schools, nursing homes, grocery and retail stores, etc. Held memorials
in two counties to honor homicide victims. A second memorial wall was
designed and unveiled.
(Chico, CA) Child Abuse Prevention Council of Butte County: Collaborated with wide range of community victim service organizations to create a brochure (in English and Spanish) describing various victims’ services available in the county. NCVRW media campaign included the use of four billboards in four towns during the week and bus posters throughout the county for the month. Also hosted an art project using pre-made fence sections provided by service providers and victims to honor victims’ rights. The fence was displayed during the week at an event held in the Crime Victims’ Memorial Garden. The NCVRW media campaign included county proclamations, bus posters, billboards, brochures, radio and television public service announcements, and newspaper advertisements.
(Santa Ana, CA)
Community Service Programs, Inc. Victim Assistance Programs: Collaborated
with law enforcement, victim service providers (Crime Survivors, MADD
and POMC), and social
services to hold a victims’ rights week information and resource fair
at the local college campus during NCVRW. College instructors were
asked to incorporate victims’ rights information into curriculum.
During the fair students were provided shopping bags for “Shop for
which required students to visit providers’ booths for a stamped “receipt” indicating
they visited the exhibit and received information on victims’ rights
and services. The Clothesline Project was also on display at
the fair. The media
campaign included radio public service announcements, print advertisements
and use of college campus newspapers.
(Denver, CO) Colorado
Organization for Victim Assistance: This statewide organization
worked with a broad and diverse planning committee to hold a public
event, featuring law enforcement and victim advocates . The event provided
opportunities for crime victims and professionals to speak out against
crime and provided the public with resource information. The event
included a public awareness ceremony and lunch, a panel discussion
on victims’ rights, and workshops covering a view from the bench
and a national and state perspective on victims’ rights.
(Hartford, CT) Aetna Foundation Children's Center Saint
Francis Hospital and Medical Center: Collaborated with local victim
service organizations, mental health agencies and deaf service organizations
to promote NCVRW and primarily targeted the deaf community. Activities
included producing a video public service announcement in American
Sign Language, which defines types of victimization, rights and services.
Also held a statewide victims rally at the Capitol and informational
sessions at gatherings in the deaf community (Deaf Coffee Chat), at
which table-top displays of artwork and resources were available. NCVRW
ended with the world premier of “DO TELL!!” (a 40 minute
film for the deaf on child abuse and neglect). Sign language interpreters
were available at all the events. The media campaign included public
service announcements, a banner, flyers, and brochures.
(Gainesville, FL) Alachua County Sheriff's Office: In collaboration with the Victims’ Rights Week planning committee, which was comprised of representatives from community victim service organizations, state attorney’s office, and the judiciary, promoted NCVRW by holding the annual park event at which victims painted and designed tiles to be mounted onto a park gazebo. During this event the general public planted a tree and took part in a candlelight vigil. The local blood bank held a blood drive during NCVRW. To pay tribute to homicide victims, the week’s events included an “Empty Seat at the Table” display at the park and the mall. The media campaign included distribution of promotional bookmarks, posters hung in local grocery stores, removable stickers on front page of newspaper and movie theatre advertisements.
(Sarasota, Fl) Child Protection Center, Inc.: In collaboration with community service providers, agencies, law enforcement and prosecutor’s office, promoted NCVRW by hosting a public seminar/community forum and a candlelight vigil. Motivational speaker/victim Bobby Petrocelli spoke at both events. Mr. Petrocelli’s life changed after his wife was killed by a drunk driver who crashed through their bedroom wall. The events and NCVRW were promoted through the print and television media.
(Inverness, FL) Citrus County Sheriff's Office: In collaboration with The Office of the State Attorney and abuse shelter association, hosted a one day event “Victim Rights: Every Victim, Every Time” on April 27th at City Hall. The event included guest speaker Mark Lunsford, who spoke on victim impact and victims’ rights. The week’s activities included a presentation of victim remembrance video (titled “Faces of Crime”) and weeklong series of newspaper articles. The media campaign included public service announcements on television, radio and in movie theaters (in English, Spanish and American Sign Language).
(Orange Park, FL)
Quigley House, Inc.: Collaborated with victim service agencies,
law enforcement and prosecutors to promote NCVRW by having an “Empty
Place at the Table” display, the “Clothesline Display” (t-shirts decorated
by survivors), and a ceremony at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office,
which included speakers, a tree planting ceremony, distribution of
wildflower seed packets and ended with a candlelight vigil. The media
includes three banners, newspaper advertisements and distribution of
(Atlanta, GA) Crime Victims Advocacy Council: In collaboration with local victim advocates, homicide survivors and media representatives, developed and aired a 30 second public service announcement. It included victims’ testimonies from the OVC victim impact tape and local resource information and ran on television in the metro Atlanta area five times over a four-week period.
(Dublin, GA) Victim Witness Assistance Program/District
Attorney's Office: In collaboration with a large number of community
agencies, businesses, medical facilities, victim service programs,
law enforcement, and community corrections, promoted NCVRW by hosting
a Meet &Greet event for underserved populations (including but
not limited to Hispanic and Indian populations). Bilingual interpreters
were on-hand at the event. Other events included victim compensation
presentation, proclamation signing event, public presentation on domestic
violence, stalking and workplace violence, a ribbon campaign, a “roadblock” to
distribute literature, and an elder abuse awareness campaign. The public
awareness media campaign included public service announcements, infomercials
(radio and television), newspaper advertisements, editorials and promotional
(Pahoa, HI) Neighborhood
Place of Puna (NPP) on behalf of East Hawaii Coalition for the Prevention
of Child Abuse and Neglect
(ECPCAN): In collaboration with numerous community agencies, victim
service programs, law enforcement, and schools, promoted NCVRW
by holding a resource fair and family activity called “Celebrate Your
Family/Cherish the Children” (information booths, child IDs, games
and crafts). Developed and mailed a calendar of April events with important
phone numbers. In lieu of billboards (not allowed in Hawaii) did sign
waving along the roadside during NCVRW. Printed “shoe cards” containing
emergency numbers and contact information. The cards were disseminated
during events and by law enforcement. Media campaign includes public
service announcements on radio and television, print media, banners
(Joliet, IL) Will
County Sheriff's Department: In
collaboration with numerous law enforcement departments, state’s attorney’s
office, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, community based organizations,
hosted a NCVRW fair to provide information on victims’ rights
and services. The event was advertised by posting throughout the county
3,000 laminated bi- lingual posters outlining victims’ rights and resources.
The week and the event was promoted with banners and through radio,
and print media contacts.
(Warsaw, IN) City of Warsaw; Warsaw Police Department/Victim Assistance Program: In collaboration with area churches, schools, businesses, and crime victim service organizations, promoted NCVRW with coffee cup paper wraps distributed to coffee shops and cafes, bookmarks distributed to libraries and book stores, seed packets with tag line “planting the seeds to help victims of violent crime” distributed to greenhouses, hardware stores and home improvement centers, newspaper and radio advertising, grocery bag inserts, and a street banner. Presentations were made at area churches.
(Versailles, IN) Ripley County Prosecutor's Office: In
collaboration with the victim assistance program, child abuse prevention
program, police department and area school promoted NCVRW with 6 billboards
throughout the county during the month of April. NCVRW was also promoted
by sending information out to parents within the school district.
(Adel, IA) Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center: In
collaboration with local high schools, a printing company, businesses
and grocery stores, sponsored a poster art contest in high schools in
3 counties. The posters were displayed in local libraries for judging.
The winning poster was printed in the local newspaper. Packets of “Forget
Me Not” seeds, along with NCVRW information, were distributed through
local grocery stores. Other activities included a poster campaign in
business storefronts (in English and Spanish) and advertisements in 6
(Scott City, KS) Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center
(WKCAC): In collaboration with a many law enforcement agencies,
prosecutors, victim service organizations, local retailers, schools
and churches, this NCVRW campaign included events at two locations
with informational booths and speeches by the Kansas Attorney General
and Jeanette Stauffer, the mother of murder victim. The Mobile Child
Advocacy Center was available for the public to tour. The media campaign
included use of print media, radio, television and the internet to
disperse rights information through public service announcements, paid
advertisements and editorials.
KY) Women's Crisis Center: Collaborated with social service agencies,
health department, law enforcement, legal aid, county attorney’s
office, the university and elementary school to promote NCVRW by hosting
an “Air Your Laundry in Public" event, a public event with
keynote speakers. The activities were held in Northern Kentucky and
victims of violence were invited to decorate a t-shirt representing
their experience as a crime victim, which were then hung out on a clothesline
in a public location. The events were promoted through signs, flyers,
posters, newspaper ads, radio and television public service announcements
all in English and Spanish.
(Shreveport, LA) Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office: In collaboration with the police and fire departments, area crime victim assistance organizations, legal services, CASA and juvenile court services, promoted NCVRW through the use of three billboards, the creation and distribution of a calendar containing victim service information, a press conference, water bill inserts and an informational fair and blood drive at the mall. A media packet with press releases was provided to all print and electronic media.
(New Orleans , LA) Crescent House Healing and Empowerment
Center: In collaboration with New Orleans based organizations (Total
Community Action Plan, Family Services of Greater New Orleans and The
Baptist Friendship House), promoted NCVRW by hosting a 3-on-3 basketball
tournament. All participants signed a non-violence pledge. Informational
booths were set-up next to the tournament and a local singing group
(whose former drummer was murdered) performed and spoke out against
violence. Local radio and television was used to market the event and
promotional information included banners, t- shirts, water bottles
(Baltimore, MD) Care Clinic, The Center for Families
University of Maryland, Baltimore: In collaboration with the medical
center, the department of social work and the violence intervention
project, hosted booths inside the University Medical Center throughout
the week to promote awareness of victims’ rights, services, prevention
and treatment of child maltreatment. Hosted an open house at the Care
Clinic, including speakers from the Child Protection Team and other
allied professionals. The NCVRW event was advertised in the medical
center newsletter and flyers.
(Paxton, MA) Anna Maria College's Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly: In collaboration with local victim service organizations, promoted NCVRW by hosting “A Day of Healing and Education,” a community awareness event that included victim/survivor speakers, artistic presentations, speakers on victims’ rights and services, and local resource information. Artist presentations by survivors included artwork, a survivor’s monologue entitled “Revealing Frankie,” and the tank tops display (designed by teen survivors of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence and child abuse). The college used its Web site, press releases, public service announcements, cable television, radio, newspapers, churches and flyers to promote the event and awareness.
(Brockton, MA) Community Connections of Brockton: Collaborated with community agencies, including the YMCA, district attorney’s office, and neighborhood health center, to build a peace garden in a downtown park. The park is located in one of the city’s toughest crime-ridden areas. The peace garden was unveiled at a public event during NCVRW. The public awareness campaign also included a candlelight vigil, renting billboard space, and producing informational flyers. The media campaign included the use of local and regional newspapers, public access television and radio (in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Creole).
(Dedham, MA) Norfolk County Sheriff's Office: Norfolk
County Sheriff's Office: Collaborated with district attorney’s
office and three area victim service providers to promote NCVRW with
the dedication of a engraved granite Memorial Bench and a candlelight
vigil in two cities. Packets of “Forget-me-not” flower seeds
with the NCVRW logo were distributed. The media campaign included advertising
the events in newspapers, on radio and cable access television.
(Flint, MI) Flint City Attorney's Office of Victim Advocacy Program: In collaboration with community victim service organizations and law enforcement, held a candlelight vigil and press conference at Flint City Hall to kick-off the week. To bring awareness to NCVRW, made presentations at four high schools to talk about violent crime and its impact. The week ended with an event recognizing survivors of crime as well as those who have helped them. Public awareness campaign included ribbons tied to trees outside city hall, banners, t-shirts worn by city hall and courthouse employees, a balloon release at the candlelight vigil, press releases, and radio advertisements.
(Detroit, MI) Serenity Services: In
collaboration with the Wayne County Council Against Family Violence (which
is comprised of representatives from numerous organizations and allied
professions) and the county prosecutor’s office, hosted the “Spirit
Awards and Luncheon” at which individuals and groups were honored
for their outstanding work in the field of crime victims’ rights.
The NCVRW media campaign included invitations, press releases, posters,
(Albert Lea, MN) Freeborn County Crime Victim's Crisis Center: In collaboration with local businesses, law enforcement and an area church, promoted NCVRW through the use of a billboard, radio, television and print media. Also hosted a presentation on identity theft, distributed bookmarks, recognized victim service agencies, and organized presentations on victims’ rights for the community and service providers.
(Winona, MN) Winona County Victim Services: In
collaboration with area victim service organizations, law enforcement,
city and county attorney's offices, department of corrections, and humane
society, promoted NCVRW by hosting “Navigating the Criminal Justice
System”, a presentation by a panel of crime victims who described
their experience in the criminal justice system and presentations by
probation agents on the role of supervising offenders. The week's events
also included information and bulletin inserts to the faith community,
presentations to criminal justice personnel on stress, compassion fatigue,
and working with the public, a speaker on the topics of victims' rights
and the importance of partnering with advocates, certificates of appreciation
for law enforcement, a "Take Back the Night Rally," presentations
on restorative justice to the education community, and two First Strike
Workshops to address the connection between animal abuse and human violence.
The media campaign included press releases, public service announcements,
and editorials to newspapers, radio and cable stations.
(Greenville, MS) Our House, Inc.: In
collaboration with district attorney’s office and the county domestic
violence task force held a victims’ right ceremony on the steps
of City Hall, an essay contest with local elementary school, and an awards
ceremony. Activities included area kids creating t-shirts for two clothesline
project displays. The displays and educational booths were located outside
Wal-Marts at two locations.
(St. Louis, MO) Crime Victim Advocacy Center of St.
Louis: Numerous agencies and community organizations hosted a resource
fair and indoor mini golf event at the St. Louis Mills Mall. The resource
fair consisted of tables placed throughout the mall and staffed by
various agencies. The 18- hole mini golf game is a glow-in-the-dark
course at the mall with black light signage/information about crime
victims’ issues at each hole. The event was held for four hours
on a Sunday afternoon. The general public was able to play a round
for free. The NCVRW theme and colors were used on the golf course signs,
on staff t-shirts and in all media contacts (radio, television, and
(Omaha, NE) Douglas County Attorney Omaha/Douglas County
Victim Assistance Unit: In collaboration with numerous community
agencies and organizations, promoted NCVRW by hosting a remembrance
vigil for homicide survivors at the Civic Center. Also placed advertisements
on the sides of 20 metro area buses (serving 3 counties) for one month.
The media campaign included advertising in newspapers (including two
minority newspapers), television interviews, and proclamations from
the mayor and county board.
(Reno, NV) Washoe County District Attorney: In
collaboration with numerous community organizations, including law enforcement,
district attorney’s office, Department of Corrections and social
services, promoted NCVRW by holding a candlelight vigil outside the justice
center to honor all survivors of crime. At the vigil, five “Bringing
Honor and Respect to Victims” awards were presented to those who
have gone above and beyond to help victims. Activities included the dedication
of a “Family Room” in municipal court (in memory of a young
woman murdered by her boyfriend) and adding four squares to the Victims
of Crime quilt.
(Concord, NH) New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic
and Sexual Violence: In collaboration with community organizations
and agencies representing victims of all crime, local businesses and
community clergy, promoted NCVRW by holding a press conference with
the Governor and the Attorney General to unveil a victim’s memorial
quilt, the Silent Witness Display and the Clothesline Project display.
Inside a church across from the statehouse, held a memorial service
and candlelight vigil to honor homicide and crash victims. The media
campaign included creating and airing television and radio public service
announcements and print advertising.
(Hewitt, NJ) Strengthen Our Sisters, Inc.: The
NCVRW campaign included brochures, posters, palm cards (English and Spanish)
and bumper stickers distributed to hospitals, community centers, civic
groups, libraries, social service agencies, day care centers, colleges,
courts, legal aid services, law enforcement and local businesses. The
media campaign included developing press releases and advertisements
for local newspapers and magazines and prepared public service announcements
for radio and local cable stations.
(Albuquerque, NM) Governor's Office of Victim Advocacy: In
collaboration with numerous agencies throughout the state, promoted NCVRW
by hosting a Public Safety/Victim Rights Awareness Fair in Albuquerque.
Designed to look like a fair, it included information booths, family
activities, art contests, poetry readings by victims, the Clothesline
T-Shirt project, presentation of the Governor’s NCVRW proclamation,
and planting a memorial tree to honor victims of crime. In Santa Fe,
there was a NCVRW candlelight vigil, a march and planting a second memorial
tree. The media campaign included displaying seven billboards statewide,
public service announcements, disseminating information to rural and
underserved communities, and creating a NCVRW call-in show staffed by
advocates and aired during primetime viewing.
(Salamanca, NY) Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc.: In collaboration with Seneca Nation of Indians, an area health care network, and St. Bonaventure University’s Journalism and Mass Communication Department, promoted NCVRW with the production and debut of a two-minute movie trailer on the effects of crime. A two-hour premier event included a keynote speaker, discussion and refreshments. Also produced two slides for theaters, two one minute PSAs and a brochure. The media campaign also included advertisements and interviews on local cable channels.
(Flushing , NY) Korean American Family Service Center: In collaboration with New York University-Asian/Pacific/American Institute and APA Youth Alliance, promoted NCVRW with public service announcements in Korean American newspapers and radio (40 sec., twice a day for two weeks). Held a “Speak Out! Every Victim, Every Time”, targeting young people (15 to 21 years old) in the Asian/Pacific/American community. The goal was to engage the youth in a dialogue about violence and victims’ rights. Speakers presented in a spoken word, poetry, music, or performance format. The media campaign included press releases, a banner, informational brochures, materials, and a recurring slide show.
(Utica, NY) YWCA of the Mohawk Valley: In
collaboration with five area colleges, promoted NCVRW by developing a
15 second crime victims awareness infomercial to be shown during intermission
at movie theatres. Activities also included a week-long awareness campaign
at five area college campuses consisting of informational booths highlighting
crime victim resources, the Silent Witness display, and the Clothesline
Project. The media campaign included press releases to various media
to announce the project and events.
(Raleigh, NC) North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission: In collaboration with numerous agencies throughout the state, promoted NCVRW with the annual Crime Victims’ Rights Ceremony along with a candlelight vigil and reception to view Victims’ Expression (a display through art, poetry, pictures and story). A Memory Book of the Victims’ Expression was duplicated and given to attendees. The event was promoted in newspapers, on the radio and television in nine major markets and with English and Spanish outreach posters distributed throughout the state. Billboards were used in four locations around Raleigh.
(Durham, NC) Victim/Witness Services-HOIST Unit, Durham
Police Department: In collaboration with community agencies and
services, kicked off NCVRW with an event at city hall to disseminate
information and a schedule of the week’s events. The week’s
events included a forum on domestic violence with the Hispanic and
Latino community, coffee time with seniors, tribute to silent victims’ banquet
(special video tribute to non-surviving crime victims), and a march
against violence that ended with a candlelight vigil (participants
received a t-shirt and signed a banner when they registered). The media
campaign included advertising the events on television, radio, in the
newspaper and in employee newsletters.
(Grand Forks, ND) Community Violence Intervention Center
(CVIC): In collaboration with community criminal justice agencies,
health and human services and the business community, promoted NCVRW
with a billboard of pictures of community leaders with a message that
the community stands together to support crime victims. Also placed
advertisements in two rural and one city newspapers, produced and aired
two television public service announcements, and distributed bookmarks
throughout the service area including the Native American Programs
(Springfield, OH) Project Woman: In
collaboration with numerous community agencies and businesses, promoted
NCVRW by hosting a “Safe on Saturday” victims’ rights
week awareness fair at the mall. Attendees received a Crime Victims’ Rights
Passport and bag to collect information and giveaways. Passports were
stamped at each booth and after acquiring 12 stamps, participants were
eligible for gifts donated by businesses. The Pinwheel for Prevention
exhibit was on display, a display of one pinwheel for each report of
child abuse/neglect made in the county throughout a year’s time.
The awareness campaign included five billboards displayed for one month,
flyers, posters, and numerous promotional give-aways (magnets, pens,
bags, whistles and pamphlets).
(Baker City, OR) Mayday, Inc.: In
collaboration with the police department, human services, CASA, and district
attorney, promoted NCVRW by holding a public awareness event in the downtown
and another at the high school. Pizza, t-shirts and promotional fingernail
files were given away. Nail files were distributed at beauty parlors,
store merchants and social service agencies and promotional matchbooks
were distributed to taverns. Newspaper advertisements promoting NCVRW
ran for the week, and advertisements listing help for crime victims were
displayed on grocery store shopping carts for six months.
(Plains, PA) Coalition of Pennsylvania Crime Victim Organizations: In collaboration with numerous statewide victim service organizations, promoted NCVRW by hosting a Crime Victims’ Rights Week Rally at the state capitol. Buses were hired to transport participants and the media from five cities to the rally. Local programs were encouraged to invite participants to ride the bus and were provided media packets for use locally. The media campaign also included public service announcements for television, radio and print media in the Harrisburg market.
(Wilkes-Barre, PA) Victims Resource Center: In
collaboration with area colleges, library, district attorney, businesses,
nurses and victim service organizations, promoted NCVRW in three counties
with a march starting at one college and ending at the university, multiple
presentations at the university student union, a speak out, display of
the Clothesline Project and the Shoe Project at the area college. Promotional
materials included brochures, flyers, pins, ribbons and the media campaign
included media alerts to local television, radio and newspapers.
(Anderson, SC) Foothills Alliance: In
collaboration with numerous community agencies, schools, churches, law
enforcement and medical care providers, promoted NCVRW by hosting a ceremony
at the courthouse in each of the two counties it serves. Plans included
obtaining proclamations from mayors and county officials and making presentations
to middle and high school student about safety and prevention of assault.
Also hosted an awareness walk “Put Your Foot Down Against Violence” with
speakers. Drinking cups with victims’ rights messages printed on
the cups were provided to walkers. Bookmarks were distributed to libraries,
coffeeshops and bookstores. The media campaign included six billboards
in two counties, newsletters and newspaper advertisements, and radio
and television public service announcements.
(Sioux Falls, SD) South Dakota Network Against Family
Violence and Sexual Assault: The Network served as a conduit to
eighteen domestic violence shelters and crisis centers throughout the
state to coordinate awareness/media campaigns promoting NCVRW. A variety
of activities were held and promotional items were given away and included
candlelight vigils, car magnets, Take Back the Night rallies, Clothesline
Project, place mats, whistles, bookmarks, booklets, open houses, water
bottles, shoe display, backpacks, ribbons, pens and buttons. The media
campaigns included print media, radio, television, outdoor advertising
and awareness events best suited for each local community
(Nashville, TN) You Have the Power...Know How to Use
It, Inc.: In collaboration with numerous community advocacy organizations,
victim service programs, state agencies, law enforcement, corrections,
and medical centers, promoted NCVRW by hosting a public ceremony of
remembrance for all victims, with an opportunity for victims to speak,
a keynote speaker and refreshments. The event was promoted through
the media, with posters, advertisements and invitations. Promotional
giveaways include car magnets and bags.
(McAllen, TX) City of McAllen Police Department: In collaboration with numerous agencies, state agencies, law enforcement, victims’ services, legal services, and a university, promoted NCVRW by hosting a Victims’ Rights Community Day at the convention center. Resource and service information was provided and victims had the opportunity to share their personal experience with others. The event and NCVRW were promoted in a full-color, half-page newspaper advertisement, bilingual flyers distributed to the community, and promotional magnets and pencils. Other media activities included public service announcements on cable television and the Spanish language affiliates, radio interviews (English and Spanish) and information bulletin on city Web site.
(Gatesville, TX) Coryell County Crime Victims' Office: In collaboration with law enforcement, victim service advocacy groups and programs, district attorney’s office, and city government, promoted NCVRW with five billboards throughout the county (at least one in Spanish), a poster contest with elementary and middle school students (with a nonviolence and victims’ rights theme), and a Celebration of Crime Victims’ Rights event (with a special guest speaker, announcement of poster contest winner, balloon release, music and travel mug giveaways). Ribbons on cards and flyers were disbursed throughout the community, to businesses and churches. During the week, the Pinwheel Display, using approximately 2,000 pinwheels, was in two locations, outside the courthouse and at a park.
(Prairie View, TX)
Prairie View A & M University: In collaboration with law enforcement,
the mayor, the faith community, local victim service agencies, a health
center and student government, promoted NCVRW by sponsoring informational
tables outside Wal-Mart, the student center and at the college of nursing
(with numerous promotional giveaways). Activities included an art exhibit
of local artists depicting different types of crime, victims’ rights
seminar, a blood drive at which a crime victim related video was shown
in the health center waiting area throughout the day, a PEACE March:
Guys and Girls Evening Out (t-shirts given to march participants).
The media campaign included public service announcements on campus
radio, newspaper announcements and web postings.
(Salt Lake City, UT) State of Utah, Office of the Attorney
General: In collaboration with government and non-profit agencies,
community and faith-based organizations, and concerned citizen groups
throughout the state, promoted NCVRW by hosting a multidisciplinary
presentation to increase awareness among isolated polygamous societies
about rights and services for victims of fraud, civil rights violations,
domestic violence, child abuse and other crimes, to learn about unique
barriers victims in a polygamous society face and how to better work
within that culture. Also held a Town Hall Meeting to address the same
issue, which was open to the public, and included a panel discussion,
questions and answers, and information sharing. The media campaign
included ribbons, public service announcements, and interviews with
print and broadcast reporters and press releases.
(Waterbury, VT) The Vermont Victim/Survivor of Crime
Council: In collaboration with local crime victim service assistance
programs, town halls and general stores and with a focus on the rural
areas of the state, promoted NCVRW by creating packets of information
for local General Stores and Town Halls. Also provided posters, wallet
cards, resource and referral materials, reprinted a resource guide,
had an Empty Seat at the Table display and held mini-seminars for local
leaders. A workshop on supporting victims in rural communities preceded
the annual Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony in the capitol
city, Montpelier. The media campaign included press releases and radio
public service announcements.
VA) Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault: In collaboration with community coalitions, councils and
task forces committed to addressing violence and victimization, and
local businesses, promoted NCVRW by hosting a Family Fun Day for Crime
Victims’ Rights and collaborated with area restaurants to distribute
information. Also hosted a speaker event (victims/survivors tell their
stories) and candlelight vigil. The media campaign included advertising
the events, radio advertisements, newsletter and calendar listings,
flyers, posters and web postings. .
(Colville, WA) Rural
Resources Community Action: In
collaboration with the local chamber, a county citizen’s group,
and rural faith based domestic violence program, promoted NCVRW by advertising
in seven newspapers/magazine and distributing flyers, brochures, posters
and bookmarks to high schools, libraries and meeting halls. Ran radio
advertisements and the Chamber of Commerce included NCVRW information
in its newsletter and on its Web site.
(Charleston, WV) Southern West Virginia Crime Victims'
Rights Week Coalition: In collaboration with numerous local, state
and federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses,
promoted NCVRW through the “Operation Reach Out” event.
The event included: an opening ceremony, an awareness walk, exhibits,
and child ID kits, distribution of gun safety locks, crime victim compensation
information and family activities. The event also served as an educational
field trip for students in grades 4-8, and covered topics such as victim
services, crime prevention, bullying, personal safety, and internet
crimes. Items promoting the event included banners, brochures, posters,
newspaper inserts, press releases and speaking engagements.
(LaCrosse, WI) Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center: In collaboration with area victim service providers, organizations, district attorney and law enforcement, promoted NCVRW by creating billboards, bus advertisements, posters, flyers, and bookmarks. The media campaign included newspaper advertisements and radio public service announcements. Hosted a speaking event open to the community, at which resource material was distributed.
(Milwaukee, WI) Project Ujima Children's Hospital of
WI (CHW): In collaboration with community service providers, organizations
and businesses, promoted NCVRW by having youth between the ages of
7 and 18 and adults design t-shirts around NCVRW theme (with assistance
from Milwaukee Public Theatre and medical college students). T-shirts
were displayed at Children’s Hospital and at the community rally
held at a centrally located Milwaukee park. The rally was heavily advertised
(flyers, invitations, posters, media, internal communication via staff
newsletters, elevator posters and notes on paycheck stubs).