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2008 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


Homicide Survivors, 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.

Maricopa County 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, Phoenix


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.

Yolo County 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 Forever."


Colorado Organization 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.


Mothers Against 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 consultant.


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.


Idaho Coalition 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.

Domestic/Sexual 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 deliver 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 an "Evening 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.


Massachusetts Office 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.

Womansplace Crisis 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 school. 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 panel 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.


Community 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.


Montana 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.


Lincoln Police 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 3 languages.


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 (Faces 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.

New Mexico

S.A.F.E. House, 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.

Third Judicial 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 timely 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 advertising.

New York

Crime 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.

North Dakota

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 of 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 and 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. A 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 educational materials.


Oklahoma Department 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 with the 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.

South Carolina

First Assembly 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 supplies, and refreshments.


Domestic Violence 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, and posters. 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.


Coryell County 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.

Galveston 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.

Shelter Agencies 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 and 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 informational 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.


Alternatives to 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.

Washington Coalition 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 specific to the specific communities. The project will create television and radio PSAs addressing crime victims' rights. The printed materials and PSAs will be produced in English and Spanish.

West Virginia

Healing Though 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.

People 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 and statistics.


Cheyenne Police Department Victim Assistance, Cheyenne: Activities planned for Laramie County include radio and newspaper interviews, college 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.

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