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(Montgomery, AL) VOCAL: Collaborated with county school system to promote NCVRW and distribute crime victim resource 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 releases were issued and local television stations and print media were invited to cover the events at the schools and the candlelight vigil.


(Anchorage, AK) 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, were 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 Solutions”, 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 awareness campaign includes three banners, newspaper advertisements and distribution of flyers.


(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 items.


(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 and pamphlets.


(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, cable television 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 newspapers.


(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.


(Covington, 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 and posters.


(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, and programs.


(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 newspaper).


(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.

New Hampshire

(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.

New Jersey

(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.

New Mexico

(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.

New York

(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.

North Carolina

(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.

North Dakota

(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 on campus


(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.

South Carolina

(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.

South Dakota

(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.


(Fredericksburg, 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.

West Virginia

(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).

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