Community Awareness Projects by State
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Victims for Justice,
Anchorage: Will kick-off
NCVRW with the annual awards banquet, including a nationally prominent
keynote speaker, to recognize victims, volunteers and professionals making
a difference in the fight for victims’ rights. Will hold the annual
tree ceremony to honor victims of violent crime, at which the public
is invited to tie different colored ribbons, each representing a type
of violent crime. The events will be widely advertised through numerous
agency collaborators, client lists and Web site. Funds will be used for
the keynote speaker, radio and TV PSAs, and advertisements in newspaper
and chamber publications. Victims for Justice, Anchorage
Tucson: In conjunction
with the Pima County Victim Witness Program and many community organizations
is planning numerous activities for each day of the week. Although
still in the planning stages, activities will include a ceremonial
flag raising, proclamation, open forum/panel discussion, resource fair,
movie viewing, book reading, candlelight vigil and a comprehensive
media outreach, including print ads (including in Spanish language
publications), and letters or telephone calls to the editor campaign.
Attorney's Office, Phoenix: In collaboration
with numerous statewide agencies, is proposing a statewide strategy
to print and distribute “Justice
for All, Victim’s Rights” cards to advocacy and faith-based
organizations throughout Arizona. The card will list the rights on
one side and resources on the other. Also a victims’ rights
tri-fold brochure will be printed and distributed to all allied professionals.
Finally, a Victims’ Rights Award Ceremony and luncheon will
be held at the Capitol during the week. Maricopa County Attorney's
Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, Los Angeles: Along with numerous
collaborators, will hold a community resource fair in conjunction with
the 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Victims' Rights. The media campaign includes
mass distribution of flyers, website links, TV and radio PSAs and advertisements
on public cable station.
Siskiyou County District Attorney's Office, Yreka: On April 12,
in conjunction with 25 other community organizations, will host a public
awareness day, including an awareness run/walk. Along the
route signs with victim services related questions will be posted, followed
by signs with the answers. A staging area at the end of the route will
host speakers, educational booths, and activities for kids and food. Funds
will also be used for a street banner, newspaper advertisements, live radio
remote, water bottles, t-shirts, and trivia signs and posts.
District Attorney's Office Victim Services Program, Woodland: Will hold
its second annual Victim Recognition Ceremony on April 17th. Funds will
be used for advertisements on buses (serving residents of Yolo County and
adjacent counties) and in newspapers during the month of April. Will expand
the theme to "Justice for Victims…Justice for All…Justice
for Victim Assistance, Denver: Will hold a public event in the Denver
metro area during NCVRW featuring victims, advocates and allied professionals.
Funding will be used to support a statewide public awareness campaign
to promote knowledge of and access to victims' rights with an emphasis
on new initiatives for victims' rights enforcement and identify theft.
Funds will cover the costs for TV, radio and print media, brochures and
Victims' Rights Amendment cards.
Drunk Driving Connecticut, North Haven: During the month of April will advertise
MADD's services and NCVRW on a billboard in central Connecticut and on
city buses in the state's eight counties. On April 17th will hold a centrally
located public event, with a keynote speaker and reception focusing on
the impact of crime and tools to deal with it. Invitations will go out
to victims and allied professionals and press releases will be issued
to newspapers, TV and radio. Funds will be used for speaker costs and
promotional and educational materials.
District of Columbia
DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Washington: With
the DC Office of Victim Services, will create transit ads for inside Metro
buses during April, radio ads to be played for two weeks on the top 2 stations,
a website/blog dedicated to the project, and a community resource display
at city hall (including multilingual resources). Will use national theme
and colors throughout the public awareness campaign. Funds requested for
bus and radio advertisements, graphic design, web design and for a development
Pinellas County Victim Right's Coalition, Largo: Funds will be used for
a countywide billboard public awareness campaign. This county is the most
densely populated county in Florida and is a very mobile community. Fourteen
billboards during the month of April (in English and Spanish) will cover
topics such as victim compensation, victims' rights; sexual violence, domestic
violence, and elder abuse.
North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network, Inc., Blue Ridge: This organization,
which provides shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence
and their children and to survivors of sexual assault, will mark NCVRW
with a public education workshop to address issues surrounding elder abuse.
In addition to a main speaker from OVC, members of the allied professional
community will be asked to speak. The event will be advertised in a three
county area. Invitations will go out to the general public, home health
care, nursing homes, social security reps, hospitals and retiree organizations.
Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, Boise: Funding will support free public
educational trainings sponsored by the Idaho Victim Assistance Academy
and BSU's Criminal Justice Department, open to students and the general
public on April 14 - 16 at Boise State University. Topics will cover
a very broad range of victim issues and types of victimization. The curriculum
will be created and taught by faculty and practitioners from around the
state and other universities. Funds will be used for 12 trainer stipends
and travel expenses. The project will also include a statewide general
public education and awareness campaign during NCVRW by mailing media
kits (sample newspaper articles, calendar of NCVRW activities, and PSAs),
and the distribution of PSAs to movie theatres, posters and magnets to
over 8,000 contacts, including the top 500 employers in the state, and
bookmarks to all 281 libraries.
Office of the Attorney
General, Chicago: In collaboration with numerous statewide organizations,
the first two of five roundtable discussions will be held during NCVRW
with the ultimate goal identifying problems, issues and recommendations
for policy and statutory changes to implement and enforce victims' rights.
The first roundtable will be held in Chicago on April 14th, preceded
by kickoff festivities, a working lunch, and a keynote speaker. The second
roundtable will be held later in the week. The members of the roundtable
will be a victim and representatives of the allied professions. Victims
and the public will be invited to attend and participate by offering
testimony on personal experiences and recommendations.
YWCA of Richmond, Richmond: The YWCA, which provides advocacy and support
to domestic violence and sexual assault victims, will conduct its 4th annual
walk against violence, followed by a cookout. They will also hold a law
enforcement training and lunch to focus on the investigation and intervention
of violent crime. They will also advertise on billboards, in the newspaper,
on the radio and on public access television. Their "Kisses for Cops
Campaign," where classes compete to see which one can bring in the
most Hershey kisses, will include a free pizza party. Kids will write thank
you cards to various criminal justice professionals as part of its "Children's
Card Campaign." Funds will be used 4 billboards, 21 radio commercials
and a speaker fee for the training.
Council on Sexual
Assault and Domestic Violence, Sioux City: Funds will be used for a weeklong
media campaign highlighting how and where victims of violence can get
assistance. The campaign includes: 56 television ads; 326 radio PSAs
in English and Spanish; on-line newspaper advertisements; color ads in
English and Spanish newspapers; and posters distributed throughout the
community. The media campaign will incorporate the national theme and
colors and will reach victims in a tri-state region.
Assault Outreach Center, Fort Dodge: "Rethink-Rediscover-Remember" is
the theme for an event planned for a middle school during NCVRW. A
student motivational group, called R5, will use music and stories to
a message that violence must be stopped and those affected by violence
must be allowed to heal. The group will hold a parent/student/community
forum to discuss the youth culture and its challenges. Minority students
will be asked to design and create artwork for a billboard/poster project
incorporating the national theme. Posters will be displayed in the
classrooms during March and April.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Baton Rouge: The agency will host
of Remembrance" for victims of murder during NCVRW. A similar event
has been held the last two years and can be viewed by the general public
via a live cable broadcast. There will also be a middle school art contest
using the NCVRW theme. Funds will be used to display the winning artwork
on a digital billboard during April; to produce a "Victim Impact Panel" DVD
with an anti-gun violence message, to be shown at the middle schools; and
for t-shirts with NCVRW theme for the students.
of Victim Assistance, Boston: Funds will be used to advertise the annual
Victims' Rights Conference and the Violence Transformed art exhibit,
both of which will be held during NCVRW. Advertising will be placed on
MBTA subways and buses and in newspapers; flyers, posters and brochures,
and advertisements in art publications will call for artists; and their
website will be updated to include both events. The purpose of the art
exhibit is to provide victims and community members an opportunity to
use art as a medium to express themselves and facilitate awareness of
victims' rights through portrayals of victims' experiences. The exhibit
will be housed in Doric Hall of the State House. Funds will be used for
additional exhibits via slideshows throughout the state at various venues.
Center, Brockton: A countywide initiative to end domestic violence
and sexual assault, known as VETO (Violence-free Education,
Training and Outreach) will hold a poster contest titled "The
Art of Justice" for art students in three high schools in the
county. The contest will be explained at a kick-off assembly at each
A winner from each school will be selected and his/her work will be
framed and matted and copies made into posters to be distributed throughout
the county. The winners will also be announced at a public awareness
event/art display in each community, at which there will also be a
presentation to discuss justice.
Flint City Attorney's Victim Advocacy Program, Flint: NCVRW will be kicked-off
with a candlelight vigil on the front lawn of city hall. School presentations
will be made over a two-day period and a number of students will be recognized
at each school. A luncheon will be held to honor crime victims and to give
thanks to supporters. The agency will host an activity day for students
and their parents that includes a father-son basketball tournament, self-defense
class, swimming, and a Q&A session. The week will conclude with a "Bike
Cruise for a Cause," a procession of motorcycles, led by a police
escort throughout the city.
The Children's Center of Wayne County, Detroit: During NCVRW,
the Center, which provides services to victims of homicide and child sexual
abuse, will sponsor a forum titled "Justice for Victims…Justice
for All: Letting You Know We Care". The forum is designed to recognize
victims, provide information to grass root programs within Detroit/Wayne
County area, and inform families and communities of services available.
It will begin with a candlelight vigil in the children's garden.
White Earth DOVE Program, Naytahwaush: DOVE provides services to domestic
violence, sexual assault and general crime victims who are primarily on
or around the White Earth Reservation. Funds will be used for a public
awareness campaign consisting of newspaper ads, grocery bag inserts, newsletter
articles and point of purchase displays at area stores, restaurants and
businesses. Promotional whistle key chains, in NCVRW colors, will be widely
distributed. Three large signs, with national theme and colors, will be
posted in three communities. The campaign includes infomercials containing
NCVRW and local rights and services information, airing for a full year
in the area movie theatre. Educational booths will be located at community
centers, clinics and a casino.
The Shafer Center
for Crisis Intervention, Hattiesburg: This non-profit serves survivors
of sexual violence and co-victims of homicide for an eleven county area.
Its NCVRW activities will include proclamations signed by mayors of two
cities (Laurel and Hattiesburg), vigils in both communities and a release
of butterflies or homing pigeons. Also planned is a one-day event with
keynote speaker. An educational forum of criminal justice professionals
will also be held to discuss victim rights and services. A light lunch
will be provided for those who attend the forum at which victim/survivor
artwork and posters will be displayed. Winners of the student poster
contest will be presented trophies at the evening's vigil.
Treatment Inc., Festus: The mission of the agency includes improving
the system's response to allegations of child abuse and neglect and providing
therapy to victims of domestic violence. Funds will be used to purchase
billboard space for a month in Jefferson County and newspaper ads reaching
the 11 county service area. Both will promote community resources and
NCVRW. Funds will also pay for posters and brochures to be distributed
to community partners and social service agencies; awareness pins and
ribbons for patrol cars will be displayed during the week.
Board of Crime Control, Helena: The Board of Crime Control, in
collaboration with the Department of Corrections Victim Advisory Council,
will kick off NCVRW at the Capitol with an awards ceremony to recognize
law enforcement officers and
advocates and a candlelight vigil. A moment of silence will be observed at
correctional facilities throughout the state. In collaboration with
VOCA subgrantees, the Board will conduct “Community
Cleanups” in 8
communities (in highly populated areas and in poor/rural and often overlooked
areas). Volunteers will paint a
house, plant trees, remove trash, scrub graffiti, etc. At a central location
in each of the 8 communities,
snacks will be provided and volunteers will be available to talk about crime
victims’ rights and services. The
Board will also conduct sessions in the schools in the 8 selected communities
to provide resources to
children about crime and how they can protect themselves. Kids will construct
paper chains representing the number of victims in the community.
Department Victim/Witness Unit, Lincoln: NCVRW plans include a one-year billboard
advertising campaign using the national theme and colors and local contact
information. The Department will also run 2-1/2 weeks of radio advertisements
(varied lengths and formats, including a 2 hour live remote of the open
house), purchase billboards on city buses, and hold an open house in
a centrally located city building, with guest speakers, officials and
refreshments. All billboards and advertisements will be in English, Spanish
and Vietnamese. Funds will also be used for posters and brochures in
Washoe County District
Attorney's Office, Reno: The Office will host the annual candlelight
vigil honoring survivors of crime, the "Bringing Respect and Honor
to Victims" ceremony to honor community members and host a quilt
event called "A Night to Remember." The event will be held
at the victims of crime labyrinth garden and will feature three quilts
of Suicide, Crime Victims Memorial Quilt and the Domestic Violence Quilt).
A media advisory will be sent to all media outlets in advance of the
events. Funds will be used, in part, to enhance the Alliance for Victims'
Rights' Web page and run movie theatre ads directing people to the candlelight
vigil and Web page.
Albuquerque: On April 19th, the agency will host the "Soar Above Violence" victim
tribute and kite festival. Victim service organizations will have booths
with information and activities. Kites and windsocks, which can be decorated,
will be distributed with a contest for the best kite or windsock depicting
the national theme. Attendees will also be able to make wind chimes,
and pinwheels will be provided to the kids. Messages of hope or a tribute
to a victim will be attached to balloons for release at the end of the
day. The media campaign includes billboard ads and PSAs.
District Attorney's Office, Las Cruces: NCVRW will begin with a
booth at the El Paso Disrict Attorney's Victims' Rights Fair, distributing
literature with a focus on immigrant and border victims. This will
be followed by informational forums for three days in three cities, where
systems people and advocates will address victims' rights and other
issues such as gang violence and methamphetamine abuse. On April 19th,
the DA's office will host a walk from the District Court House to the
Dream Center, followed by information and presentations and the dedication
of a memorial wall. T-shirts imprinted with the national theme will
be given to all walkers. Funds will be used for radio and television
Victims Assistance Center, Inc., Binghampton: A homicide memorial wall
will be displayed at a mall for the entire NCVRW week. A press conference
with various public officials present (Major, District Attorney, representative
of AG's Office) will be held at the memorial wall. There will also be
a candlelight vigil and balloon release in the middle of the week at
a local park named after a woman murdered 20 years ago and a Victim Rights
Breakfast, in honor of victims, families and those who work in the field.
Rape and Abuse
Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead, Fargo: In partnership with the
area Child Advocacy Center, the agency will produce and air a series
three radio commercials built around NCVRW theme. One spot will feature
a woman's voice, one a man's voice and the third a child's voice, and
each will have a victims' rights focus. The spots will run on the radio
for three weeks, from April 1 to April 18 and end immediately preceding
the Annual "Kids Are Our Business Breakfast," an event that
draws 500 people. Although no funding is requested for the breakfast
itself, the national theme and colors will be integrated into the print
materials for the event.
Ross County Sheriff's Office, Chillicothe: Project Unite, a division
of the Sheriff's Office, works to unite existing victim service agencies
develop a channel of communication and education for victims. It will host
an entire week of activities and the theme is VICTIMS -- "V" is
for Victory over Crime Crusade (an event at a local church, with speakers
and reception); "I" is for "I give blood'; "C" is
for Candlelight Ceremony; "T" is for Time to Reflect with Art
(Students are encouraged to draw a picture depicting the national theme
and all participants receive a certificate; the winner receives a trophy.
Drawings will be displayed at a local gallery); "I" is for In
the park (an event with food, speakers, information and face painting); "M" is
for Mother's to be Honored Day; and "S" is for Survivor Sunday
(a parade lead by local motorcycle club). The media campaign includes billboard
advertising and newspaper, TV and radio advertising.
Wayne County Children's
Advocacy Center, Inc., Wooster: NCVRW will start with a Candlelight
Vigil Walk, a collaborative effort with a local domestic violence shelter.
mural at the Wayne County Children Services Board painted by a local artist,
who is a survivor of abuse, will be unveiled at an open house. The theme
of the mural is "Justice for All" and funds will be used for
artist fees and supplies. They will also present a training for the community
(limit of 40) by a psychologist on recovering from trauma and will host
a Pinwheels and Popcorn event at local movie theatre, showing Disney's
Three Musketeers to tie the "One for all, all for one" theme
with the NCVRW theme. Kids can make pinwheels and families will receive
of Corrections, Oklahoma City: Activities are planned for everyday of
the NCVRW across the state. All are open to the public. On Sunday, all
faiths will be asked to focus their message on crime victims with sample
sermons and press releases to be provided. On Monday, advocates will
meet at the Capitol to distribute information; information displays will
be set up in the rotunda, and a press conference will be held with Attorney
General and others. On Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, there will be
a conference and awareness training and Wednesday afternoon concludes
with ceremony at the Capitol and flower planting ceremony at Attorney
General's victims' garden. Thursday is Tulsa's "Day of Remembrance" with
flower planting at the Courthouse flower garden. There will most likely
be an event on Friday at Oklahoma City University and the week end with
other events supported by other funding.
San Bois CASA, Inc.,
Poteau: In keeping with an Indian legend and tradition that "if
you whisper a wish to a butterfly, it will take it to the heavens and
the wish will
be granted," CASA will hold butterfly releases in two counties
(LeFlore and Latimer). Head Start children will release the butterflies
wish "Justice for Victims…Justice for All." In addition
to the release, the event will include a picnic in the park, balloons
for the kids, a banner with the national theme and colors and speakers
from local victim related organizations. The population in the area
is 30% Native American and has a growing Hispanic population. Information
will be provided in English and Spanish.
Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force, Eugene: In partnership with the Oregon Department of Justice, Crime Victims’ Assistance
Section, the Task Force will
conduct a statewide public awareness campaign during the month of April with
the message that victims
have rights and offenders will be prosecuted. The campaign will incorporate
the national colors into the
billboard and poster designs. Funds will be used for the design and printing
of billboards and posters. A
national advertising firm will provide billboards free-of-charge.
Coalition of PA Crime Victim Organizations, Plains: The Coalition
will hold its annual rally in the state Capitol’s
rotunda on April 14 at which the Governor will
announce the creation of a Victims’ Rights Enforcement Program in Pennsylvania
(a product of an OVC
grant project). Funds will provide bus transportation for rally participants
from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Erie
and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton areas. The media campaign includes use of press kits,
radio and television
PSA’s in six major media markets and 10-15 billboards throughout the state.
Network of Victim Assistance, Jamison:This non-profit provides direct
services to victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes. Funds will be
used to customize an OVC-created PSA incorporating this year’s theme and
local contact information.
Starting in late March and through NCVRW, the PSA will run on 24 movie theatre
screens in Bensalem and
22 screens in Warrington and will also request the cable and school district
channels to show them. Other
NCVRW activities for which grant funds will not be used include a candle tribute,
mock trial at high school,
poster contest, display of children’s artwork, Clothesline Project and
educational displays at local libraries.
Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy, Philadelphia: Funds
will be used for a two-sided, three-fold brochure describing victims' rights
and services in English and
Spanish. The brochure will be included in all outreach mailings and displays
during NCVRW and distributed totargeted locations. The Coalition will work with
an advertising agency to develop a month-long Philadelphia
public awareness transit advertising campaign using bus/subway ads, and bus shelter
signs targeting high
crime, low income neighborhoods.
Years of Tears Organization, Reading: Funds will be used to
provide participants at an April 15th vigil to be held
at Kutztown University with
candles and victims rights calendars listing local resources. The agency will
also conduct an anti-bulling
motto contest with middle school students using the best motto on the billboards
and a butterfly release in
honor of victims. They will invite other crime victim agencies for a walk down
main street to a park where
there will be information booths, a “Victims Shoes” display and flowers
and grief journals for victim speakers.In addition to the billboards, the media
campaign includes radio and television PSAs, radio live broadcast
of the walk and newspaper ads.
YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, Harrisburg: In collaboration
with other victim services agencies, the agency will hold an
all-day “Victims’ Rights Street
Fair” which will include information booths, artwork display, the Silent
Witness Project and Clothesline
displays. Calendars containing victim service resource information will be distributed.
The media campaign
will include a billboard, banner, television, radio, and newspaper ads and flyers
to promote the event and areas ervices.
of God, Charleston: A one-day event will be held at which clergy from the
628-multi-faith organizations in Charleston will be invited with the
goal of increasing awareness, educating and action on behalf of crime
victims. They will show a video highlighting crime scenes and scenarios,
have exhibition booths from local agencies, and listen to testimonials
from crime victims. Clergy will be asked to identify individuals within
their organization to attend a series of follow-up classes on how to
assist crime victims.
The Dee Norton Lowcountry
Chidren's Center, Inc., Charleston: This Children's Advocacy Center
provides a full range of services
to victims of child abuse and covers a three county area. On April
13, they will host a "Justice for Victims…Justice for All" informational
fair, covering a broad range of types of crime. The event will target
residents of Charleston County, with an extensive outreach and media
campaign to reach the underserved Latino community. The fair will be
located in John's Island, an area known for underreporting of immigrant
crime. Resources and some activities will be in English and Spanish.
Funds will be used for 2 billboards, banners, flyers, and posters,
500 bags, tent, tables, chairs, podium, and stage, children's activity
Program, Inc., Murfreesboro: A day of celebration/fair will be held on April 18
during which a panel discussion on victims' needs, rights and challenges
will be televised. Panelists include representatives from the police
department, district attorney's office, victim advocacy groups, elected
officials, victims and survivors. Booths will offer interactive bilingual
educational activities for all ages, on how to locate offenders in neighborhoods
through Watchdog and missing children resources, identity theft, cyber
crimes and how the justice systems works. There will also be workshops
and skits targeting the youth about cyber safety and how to respond to
strangers. KIDS identification kits will be provided, along with a host
of other promotional giveaways.
The Coalition Against Domestic and Community Violence of Greater Chattanooga,
Inc., Chattanooga: Funds will be used to conduct a media campaign
that includes radio, billboards (in English and Spanish), newspaper articles,
The campaign will provide safety information, information on the signs
and effects of violence, survivor stories and an invitation to attend upcoming
memorial events. Funds will also support a luncheon honoring victims at
which 100 people are expected to attend and at which a guest speaker will
talk about victims' rights. The Clothesline and Silent Witness Project
displays, along with community resource information, will be set up in
the reception area and a candlelight memorial service for those who lost
their life to crime will be held.
Crime Victims' Office, Gatesville: Funds will be used for a keynote speaker
at the Celebration of Crime Victims' Rights Event, open to the community.
The event will also include local speakers and an award presentation
for the winners of a contest for elementary school students who submit
poster artwork depicting non-violence themes and victims' rights. Funds
will also be used for five billboards in English and Spanish.
County Criminal District Attorneys Office, Galveston: The agency
will host a 5K run/walk. Funds will pay for 250 t-shirts for the participants
for two billboards and two banners to be hung across the main road.
for Families in East Texas, Inc., Mt. Pleasant: Serving a six
county area, this agency provides shelter and services for victims
of family violence and sexual assault. Activities scheduled in Titus
Hopkins counties will involve a broad range of allied professionals.
In Titus County, will host a luncheon to recognize those who work
with all crime victims (not limited to domestic violence and sexual assault).
In Hopkins County, will host an evening forum, with speakers and
booths. Off-duty law enforcement officers will be asked to wear NCVRW
t- shirts. Media campaign includes posters, newspaper ads and inserts,
all of which will incorporate the national theme and colors.
The Dove Center,
St. George: This domestic violence and sexual assault program will distribute
brochures and magnets throughout the county during NCVRW. Brochures will
be placed in grocery store bags in every store in the county and magnets
will be placed in highway bathrooms and on businesses' bathroom stall
doors throughout the county. Both items will contain rights and community
services information as well as information on special events occurring
throughout the year. This county is located in Southwest Utah; a special
effort will be made to reach out to the members of the polygamous community
in the area.
Vermont Center for
Crime Victim Services, Waterbury: Very Special Arts/The Awareness Theatre
Company has agreed to create, produce and perform a play about victims
of crime and the help available. A series of skits will address many
different types of victimization and will include other languages and
American Sign Lanugage interpreters. The play will be performed around
the state in partnership with local programs. Video segments of Bess
O'Brien's play about teen issues will be integrated into the performance;
some of the youth who wrote and perform in the play will be available
for discussions with high school students. Also, supplementing the Awareness
Theatre's play is the Safe Art theatre group, which will participate
at some locations, providing interactive theatre at high schools on issues
of dating violence and self-respect. The project will also develop informational
materials customized for each group.
Violence of the Palouse, Pullman: This domestic violence and sexual assault agency
covers a four county region in eastern Washington. In collaboration with
two crime victim service centers and Washington State University, they
will conduct a countywide public awareness project called "Shine
a Light on Crime." Activities include asking community members,
city buildings, landmarks and businesses, to turn outdoor lights on and
off at a set time as a symbolic action. Three community lighting ceremonies
and speak outs will be held at public locations simultaneously. Advocates
and informational material will be available at the events. Funds will
be used for advertising on the television and radio and in newspapers,
all translated into Spanish.
of Crime Victim Advocates, Olympia: This statewide organization,
comprised of individuals, organizations
and agencies, will create awareness materials to distribute throughout
the state via community presentations and mailings. Materials will
include the national theme and colors with information and resources
to the specific communities. The project will create television and
radio PSAs addressing crime victims' rights. The printed materials and
will be produced in English and Spanish.
Creativity, Inc., Poca: This organization provides survivors of every trauma an opportunity
to share their experience through creative media. Funds will be used
for the third annual "Healing Through Creativity Festival" to
be held during NCVRW at the West Virginia State University. The festival
includes exhibits/performances of works by survivors and workshops/speakers.
Workshops will focus on crime prevention, dealing with trauma and improvement
of creative skills. The media campaign includes newspaper and radio advertising.
Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs, Appleton: This domestic violence
advocacy and shelter program will mark NCVRW on April 15 by hosting a ceremony
at Lawrence University, a venue intended to reach a younger population.
The media campaign will use billboards, grocery bag inserts, and posters
distributed throughout the community. A college art student to create a
crime victim memorial to be displayed on campus will be commissioned.
Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse, Jefferson: The agency will conduct
a three-week multi-media campaign in English and Spanish around the theme "I
Don't Use Violence…I'm Better Than That." Funds will support
a campaign to educate the public about available services through the use
of billboards, newspaper ads, radio PSAs, and 10-second movie theatre spots.
Posters with the same theme will be distributed to all the schools in the
county. Sample church bulletins and tips on incorporating victims' rights
and services into sermons will be distributed to clergy in the county.
The campaign will end with a Teardrop Tree ceremony outside the courthouse,
where people can decorate a giant pine tree with different colored teardrops,
each representing a different type of crime and containing information
Cheyenne Police Department Victim Assistance, Cheyenne: Activities planned for Laramie County include radio and newspaper interviews,
and school presentations, information booths at the mall, presentation
at senior center, a ceremony at the air force base, a public event with
speaker (including victim speakers), and a candlelight vigil, with a special
focus on minority and immigrant victims. All presentations will focus on
bringing awareness to victims' rights and services.