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2009 Community Awareness Projects by State

"25 Years of Rebuilding Lives: Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act"

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Anchorage, AK, Victims for Justice: Kicked off NCVRW with its annual awards banquet, recognizing victims, volunteers and professionals.  The event included a keynote speaker. Held its annual Victims for Justice Tree Ceremony, honoring victims of violent crime.  In memory of a loved one, colored ribbons were tied to the tree.  Each color represented a different type of crime. Created PSAs, radio spots and promotional materials.


Florence, AZ, Pinal County Attorney's Office: Kicked off the week with a public event and the dedication of a stone crime victim memorial bench engraved with this year’s theme.  The bench was placed near the Superior Court Complex.  Held four Crime Victim Compensation workshops throughout the county; a pancake breakfast, at which a crime victim spoke; and a mide-week ice cream social in three locations, at which resource information was distribuded.  A  recognition and awards ceremony was held for service providers, volunteers and the public. The week closed with a candlelight vigil and community awareness event.

Tuscon, AZ, Southwest Center for Law and Policy: Activities included a dramatic presentation of a Native victim’s healing journey.  This dramatic presentation was given at the high school for students, faculty and the community which was followed by a pizza dinner.  Throughout the week resource tables were set up at the University of Arizona mall.  Presentations were made on  campus covering a variety of rights and services issues.  One presentation included a dinner and question and answer session with the county attorney.  A presentation on elder abuse was held in collaboration with the Pima Council on Aging and the Arizona Center for Disability Law. Aired a bi-lingual PSA on Tohono O’odham Nation tribal radio.


Pine Bluff, AR, Healing Place Ministries: Held two annual homicide survivor memorial  services, one in Pine Bluff and the other in Little Rock.  The names of deceased crime victims were placed onto a memorial wall.  Respective mayors read proclamations and a theme banner  was displayed.  The media campaign included newspaper ads.


Oakland, CA, Korean Community Center of the East Bay: Developed a comprehensive educational and media campaign for the Korean immigrant community, which included  newspaper ads in the two main Korean language papers and aired ads on the local Korean radio station, all promoting NCVRW. Multi-lingual wallet sized resource guides were created and distributed. Held a half-day community forum to promote the week and provide resource information to the elderly Korean population in San Francisco.  All forum activities were conducted in English and Korean.

Riverside, CA, Riverside County District Attorney: Held three candlelight vigils throughout the county, which drew over 800 attendees, including victims’ family, community  representatives and local leaders. Almost 3,000 people participated in a march for crime victims to the downtown courthouse.  Many of the marchers held large posters with pictures of loved  ones lost to crime. The week ended with the Annual Guardians of Justice Luncheon honoring the contributions of many in achieving justice for victims.

Visalia, CA, County of Tulare, District Attorney's Office: Radio spots were developed and aired in English and Spanish.  Posters and flyers were distributed, all to inform the public about NCVRW events and local services. Throughout the week information booths were placed at a large community health center, shopping mall, courthouse and other locations. The week’s events included the annual unveiling of the updated Victims’ Memorial Quilt at the remembrance ceremony. Also held a Victims’ Rights Recognition Ceremony to pay tribute to area businesses and organizations that directly made a contribution to victim services.


Bartow, FL, Peace River Center Victim Services: Held a public event at the community college with survivor testimonials and speakers from the victim service community.  The event included a survivor art fair showcasing art, poetry, and short stories. Also hosted an awareness concert at Florida Southern College at which three speakers were highlighted, including a student member of a campus anti-violence group and a representative from the Office of the Attorney General.

Fort Lauderdate, FL, Broward Victim's Rights Coalition, Inc.: Held the Annual Awards Luncheon with presentations on various topics related to this year’s theme.  Presentations covered how the medical examiner speaks for those who can’t speak for themselves; balancing victims’ rights with the public’s need to know; and being informed,  present and heard from the victim’s perspective. Also held a dedication ceremony for the newly constructed Garden of Reflection. The awareness campaign included the county-wide distribution of resource cards in English, Spanish and Creole, tri-lingual bookmarks distributed through the county library system, and month long bus advertisements.


Albany, GA, Dougherty County Victim Witness Assistance: In partnership with the county victims’ rights week committee, which is comprised of fourteen organizations, the week’s activities included a silent walk from the park to the courthouse, a wreath proclamation ceremony, and the dedication of the Tree of Justice. The front of the courthouse was decorated for one month with 285 white flags, representing the average number of victims served in one month in the county. Blue jeans were collected during the week and donated to the local battered women’s shelter. Local churches tolled their bells mid-week at noon in honor of crime victims. Held a symposium at the local college on the prevention of sexual assault. Over 200 people attended a candlelight vigil held later in the week.

Columbus, GA, Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit Victim/Witness Assistance Program: In conjunction with the area pro-football team, the Columbus Lions, and the DARE program, presentations were made a month prior to NCVRW to local high school students.  Students were given information about the dangers of alcohol, driving and texting, and information about the upcoming NCVRW Resource Expo.  T-shirts were given to students who gave correct answers to questions during the presentation. Kicked off NCVRW with a memorial service and butterfly release. During the week held a Crime Victims Resource Expo at the Civic Center.  In addition to victim services resource information, this day-long event included free services such as HIV testing, dental check-ups, bilingual legal aid, and financial advice. Resource flyers in both Spanish and English were placed on pizza boxes, restaurant counters and at businesses throughout all the counties in the judicial circuit.


Pahoa, HI, Neighborhood Place of Puna: During March, a calendar of April’s NCVRW events was published in the local newspaper and emailed to 250 organizations. Because billboards are prohibited, conducted two sign waving events along the roadside, encouraging motorists to honk and wave to show support for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and NCVRW. Held a resource fair at which 20 agencies participated.  Over 630 people attended and reusable grocery bags with the NCVRW logo were given to each family. Held a “Celebrating 25 Years of VOCA” event, with speeches from allied professionals and a crime victim. The media campaign included talk radio, radio PSAs and mahalo ads. [Top]


Boise, ID, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence: Along with university and college faculty from Boise State University, the University of Idaho and the Idaho State University, provided a free public informational program throughout the week to students and the general public at Boise State University.  Topics covered a broad range of victim issues and types of victimization. Also conduced a statewide general public awareness campaign consisting of the distribution of NCVRW posters and a statewide media kit NCVRW event calendar, sample press releases, and the Resource Guide to over 225 professionals.


Freeport, IL, VOICES DV, Freeport: A theatre ad addressing teen dating violence ran in the local theatre from the end of March to early May. A banner was displayed across Main Street advertising the NCVRW event, “Hands Around the Courthouse.” The week kicked off with “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” in honor and in memory of crime victims.  The event included the reading of a proclamation, a keynote speech, information booths and a mile walk. The week ended with “Hands Around the Courthouse,” at which the crowd held hands, made a complete circle around the courthouse and observed a moment of silence.


Des Moines, IA, Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa: 2,000 reusable, environmentally friendly grocery bags, printed with the NCVRW theme and agency information, were distributed to 10 Asian stores across Des Moines.  The text was translated to Vietnamese, Tai-Dam, Laotian, Cambodian, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Urdu, Tagalong, Nepali, and Burmese.  Grocery stores act as a surrogate community center and have proven to be an excellent place to distribute information.


Louisville, KY, The Center for Women and Families: In collaboration with local artists, businesses and organizations, the week-long awareness project called “Under Wraps” brought attention to crime victims’ rights through applied art activism.  A total of twelve large objects throughout the community, such as sculptures and fences, were wrapped with nylon fabric and rope and each marked with signage directing viewers to the website to learn more about NCVRW, VOCA and local resources.


Brockton, MA, Womansplace Crisis Center: VETO (Violence-free Education, Training and Outreach) a countywide initiation and collaboration to end domestic violence and sexual assault, developed a public service DVD to emphasize services provided by VETO collaborators and victims’ rights.  The DVDs were produced in English, with chapter options in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian, Creole, and Cape Verdean Creole. The DVDs and updated brochures, posters and literature were distributed to faith-based organizations.  Recipients were encouraged to invite one of the staff to come and speak.


Detroit, MI, Detroit Police Department Victims Assistant Center: Held a community awareness fair including all VOCA supported agencies was held at The Detroit Institute of Arts. Numerous promotional items such as scratch pads, bookmarks, buttons, water bottles and bags were provided to the attendees. Held informational sessions at local public schools, community organizations, police district community meetings, and area hospital and health centers. Mailings went out to churches and faith based organizations.  To disseminate VOCA information, a live-feed radio announcement was conducted with a news radio station.

Flint, MI, Flint City Attorney’s Victim Advocacy Program: Conducted presentations around the issue of youth violence to the students, parents and school staff throughout the city of Flint. Students, parents and staff were given resource information, NCVRW T-shirts, lanyards, photo ID pouches and backpacks.

Houghton, MI, Dial Help, Inc.: To symbolize the “rebuilding of lives,” an 18 x 18 foot collage made from survivors’ messages, statistics, victims’ rights and services was constructed and displayed on the agency building located in the city’s downtown. A banner commemorating NCVRW was displayed by the collage. A full-page newspaper ad in the local paper encouraging survivors to submit messages or stories for the collage and advertising the vigil ran the previous month,. A candlelight vigil was held at the City Center, at which representatives from local agencies and allied professions came together to share their experiences.


Minneapolis, MN, Pillsbury United Communities, Brian Coyle Community Center: Along with 36 participating organizations, held a Community Resource Fair which included speakers from United Way First Call for Help, Hennepin County Domestic Abuser Service Center, MN CASA, and a technology safety organization. Adults and youth joined together for the Community Safety Walk, wearing new safety patrol vests and hats.  Along the walk, they connected with their neighbors, picked up trash and documented any vandalism, graffiti or suspicious behavior.  The walk kicked off the 2009 neighborhood safety patrol that continues to walk the neighborhood twice a week. The week also included The Clothesline Project display and the showing of “Scenarious on Self Defense” DVD.  A garden was planted to commemorate the week.

Winona, MN, Winona County Victim Services: Kicked off the week with a presentation on civil justice for victims, which was held at the courthouse and was open to the public. The week included two presentations on “teens, technology and stalking”, one of which was conducted in the evening for educators, criminal justice personnel and the public and the other was held during a high school all school assembly. The week concluded with a presentation held at Winona State University Campus on the “CSI Effect and Evidence Retention”.  All presentations began with information about NCVRW and VOCA.


Greenville, MS, Our House, Inc.: In partnership with two Head Start centers and a day care center, clowns interacted with approximately 500 youth through music and stories with a focus on crime prevention. Hosted a teen summit, which included speakers and skits addressing topics such as drunk driving, internet safety, dating violence and sexual assault. Sexual assualt presentations were given at the high school and junior high school, reaching over 200 youth. Participants of the area Weed and Seed program designed T-shirts for the Clothesline Project display. Exhibits were set up throughout town at area businesses and festivals; over 38 businesses were provided NCVRW educational material.  Nine billboards were displayed and an ad was played in the movie theatre during NCVRW.

Hattiesburg, MS, The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention: Kicked off the week with proclamations signed by the mayors of Laurel and Hattiesburg.  Both were televised on the local news. At the Hattiesburg signing, a fourth grader who had raised thirty butterflies from cattepillars, along with the Mayor, released the butterflies as a poem about transormation and recovery was read. With the help of representatives from a four-county region, an old fashioned picnic at which over 300 people attended was held in the park. Resource information and promotional items were distributed and Mississippi Attorney General and a panel of victims spoke. The picnic ended with a balloon release.


Hannibal, MO, AVENUES: Abuse Victims Education Network Unified to Ensure Safety: The “I Walked Broadway for Justice” brought together victims and their families, victims’ advocates, and criminal justice system representatives.  Walkers were provided bookmarks, resource information, water bottles and NCVRW T-shirts.  Some walkers wore T-shirts memorilizing local murder victims.  The event included speakers about the importance of victims’ rights and what it was like to be a crime victim trying to escape from domestic violence before VOCA and the services it supports existed.

St. Louis, MO, Crime Victim Advocacy Center of St. Louis: The 29 agencies and community organizations that make up the Regional Planning Committee for the Greater St. Louis Metro Area Victims’ Rights Week, held an event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of VOCA.  The event looked like an anniversary celebration with balloons, music and cupcakes.  The event was held an the Kiener Plaza, a public plaza.  A local radio station did a live call-in from the venue. The event included a resource fair, guest speakers, a review of VOCA’s history and its impact on the St. Louis region.


Helena, MT, Montana Board of Control: In partnership with the Department of Corrections Victims’ Advisory Council, the public was invited to attend an event at the capitol.  The event included numerous speeches and informational booths.  Also conducted the Candy for Cops activity with two middle schools in Helena.  The students collected candy during the weeks prior to NCVRW and then divided the candy into sandwich bags which were given to the police department for the officers to carry in their patrol cars and hand out to child crime victims when needed.


Beatrice, NE, City of Beatrice - Gage County Victim Assistance Program: Hosted an open house at the police department during NCVRW, at which promotional items and resource information were given away. Awareness information bags were distributed to local agencies.  The bags included various promotional items such as bookmarks, pens, brochures and business cards. The local library hosted a display with promotional items and resource information. Four billboards were displayed in high traffic areas throughout the county from early April through June.


Reno, NV, Crisis Call Center: Public awareness activities included a victims’ memorial quilt display and tribute ceremony at the victims of crime labyrinth garden.  The memorial quilt was also displayed at the Neveda legislature during part of NCVRW. Held the annual candlelight vigil and the “Bringing Respect and Honor to Victims Awards Ceremony.” The week included the dedication of the Holly Quick Memorial Garden,  NCVRW advertising on seven city buses for one month and updating the Alliance for Victims’ Rights website to include NCVRW informtion.

New Hampshire

Manchester, NH, YWCA of Manchester: NCVRW activities included the Clothesline Project, Take Back the Night Rally, Heroes for Justice Awards, LIVE Lessons in Violence Evasion, a youth safety clinic, and Victims’ Rights Art Show and Poetry Night. Resource information was provided at each event, along with promtional items such as bookmarks, pens, T-shirts, whistle key lights and bracelets. Advertising included banners, newspaper ads, website promotion, flyers, Facebook and emails.

New Jersey

Newark, NJ, New Community Corporation - Hispanic Development Corporation: Held a NCVRW Victims Day Activity in the evening at the recreation center, a central location easily accessible by walking and public transportation.  The event provided resource informaton in a fair-like setting and featured the Newark Police Department’s Bat Mobile. The event also included two female victims who shared their experience with the audience.

New Mexico

Clovis, NM, Ninth Judicial District Attorney's Office Victim Impact Program: The week began with the annual NCVRW breakfast which included a keynote speaker who spoke of his involvement with the judicial system after his mother was kidnapped and murdered. In collaboration with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Oasis Safe House, held a candlelight vigil. An informational fair was held mid-week where advocates were on hand to answer questions and at which promotional whistle key chains were given out. One day the community wore denim in honor of all victims of crime.  Advocates went to area businesses to hand out information about victims’ rights and services and ribbon cards for employees to wear on denim day.

New York

Kew Gardens, NY, Office of the Queens County District Attorney: Held an event in a ceremonial courtroom within the Queens County Criminal Courthouse during NCVRW.  In addition to the District Attorney crime victim assistance program, local victim service organizations displayed resource information and were on hand to answer questions.  The event included many guest speakers, performance by a local choir and the display of a remembrance board with pictures of loved ones who were victims of crime. Also held a poster contest with children from the local elementary schools.  The theme of the poster contest was “What is the most important victim right?”  The winning poster was displayed at the courthouse event.

Malone, NY, Comlinks Community Action Agency: To commemorate NCVRW, 1,000 red pine “peace tree” seedlings were distributed.  The seedlings were wrapped in plactic bags containing information about the NCVRW and planting instructions. As a closing ceremony, at two different locations, a two and a half foot blue spruce “peace tree” was planted, one in the park and the other on public land.  Additonal blue spruce trees were donated to the schools in the county to commemorate NCVRW.

North Carolina

Asheville, NC, Western North Carolina Crime Victims Coalition: Sponsored the fifth annual “Crime Victims’ Rights Luncheon” at which victims and service providers were honored and lost loved ones were remembered. A  12-month calendar was created with the help of the middle school art students who were asked to submit drawings commemorating victims’ rights.  This provided an opportunity to provide the students with information about victims’ rights and services.  Their teacher took them to the library so they could access the internet to research victims’ rights, organizations, etc. The drawings were used throughout the campaign. Produced 1,000 promotional bookmarks which were distributed in public libraries, credit unions, banks, and bookstores.

North Dakota

Fargo, ND, North Dakota Victim Assistance Association: Purchased advertising on 11 outdoor billboards throughout North Dakota promoting victims’ rights and services.  The billboards were displayed for the entire month of April.


Akron, OH, Summit County Domestic Violence Coalition: Developed an awareness campaign consisting of six electronic billboards designed to celebrate NCVRW by spotlighting local agencies that receive VOCA funding.  Each billboard was designed by the spotlighted agency which provided its own logo, tagline and photographs.  Each billboard was different but maintained continuity through the use of the NCVRW logo and campaign colors. The billboards were displayed during NCVRW and a few days longer.

Columbus, OH, Attorney General State of Ohio, Criminal Justice Initiatives Section: Kicked off the week with a NCVRW rally in dowtown Columbus at the Supreme Court of Ohio.  A large ribbon commemorating the 25th anniversary of VOCA was displayed.  The large ribbon was decorated with postcards filled out by participants who wished to share their experience. Provided seven $500 mini-grants to victim service providers to hold NCVRW public awareness events in different regions throughout the state.  Public awareness activities conducted at the seven mini-grant sites, included dedication and proclamation events, T-shirt distributions, art contests, candlelight vigils and walks, bookmark and resource information distributed via libraries and restaurants, a luncheon, speakers, planting a memorial flowerbed.


Salem, OR, Department of Justice, Crime Victim Services Division: Hosted an informational day at the state capitol.  Fifteen victim service programs participated in the event which included the display of 30 life-size silent witness silhouettes, each telling its own story. Victim assistance programs and service providers staffed information tables highlighting their work.  Partnered with Marion County victim service providers and the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force to hold the Crime Victims’ Rights Rally at the Capitol. Published a letter from the Attoney General in 16 publications in outlying areas and in culturally specific publications. Promotional bracelets with “Victims’ Rights: Every Victim, Every Time” printed on them were distributed at each event and mailed to every District Attorney victim assistance program in all 36 counties.


Laporte, PA, Sullivan County Victim Services: Hosted a Victims’ Rights Fair at the Sullivan County Elementary School gym and grounds.  Representatives from 25 victim service agencies and programs participated and provided resource information. The event included the Clothersline Project display, guest speakers from the Attorney General’s Office, a poster contest and a proclamation signing by the county commissioners. Promotional items such as frisbees, stress balls, informational packets, pencils and pens were dististributed to the attendees.

West Chester, PA, The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County, Inc.: Held the Chester County Candlelight Vigil and Memorial Service to remember victims of homicide and officers who died in the line of duty. The candlelight walk went from a church to a victims memorial site.  In additon to resource information available at the event, three memorial quilts made by homicide survivors were on display at the vigil.

Rhode Island

Providence, RI, Rhode Island Office of General Treasurer, Rhode Island Crime Victim Compensation Program: The week kicked off with a motorcycle rally led by the Rhode Island Chapter of Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.  Over 200 attended including the Attorney General, Treasury personnel, victims and their families. An appreciation ceremony co-sponsored by the RI College School of Social Work was held.  The event was open to the public and marked the 25th anniversary of VOCA with special accolades for VOCA funded agencies.  Special honors went to the daughter of a homicide victim who helped change legislation to expand compensation benefits to crime victims. Also held a VOCA birthday celebration at the Providence Children’s Museum. The week concluded with a conference, open to the public, which included, among other things, a panel of victim service agenices addressing the impact of VOCA funding.

South Carolina

Anderson, SC, Foothills Alliance: Held a free community conference that focused on the impact of violence on victims of all ages, genders, races and backgrounds.  Speakers included representatives from various state agencies, domestic violence and sexual assualt coalition and agencies, and a social worker who advocates for Hispanic victims of crime. The event provided an opportunity to share resource information.  The event included a victim self-expresson exhibit of artwork, poetry, and essays.  Four billboards commemorating NCVRW was placed for one month.

South Dakota

Sioux Falls, SD, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota: Produced 90 60-second radio spots and 228 60-second cable television spots which were run in the Sioux Falls area.  Both spots focused on NCVRW and provided information on how to contact the state VOCA office. In cooperation with the South Dakota Department of Social Services, distributed posters, brochures and phone number cards to 141 church congregations in eastern South Dakota.


Nashville, TN, You Have the Power…Know How to Use It, Inc.: In collaboration with 16 agencies in the county, held a ceremony of remembrance for all victims of crime, which included comments from local dignitaries, music, and a time for reflection. Four survivors shared their experiences during the “Voices of Victims” part of the ceremony. Local VOCA grant administrators were given floral bouquets. Each attendee was given a tote bag with the national logo and theme on it.  Other items given out included commemorative lapel pins and a list of VOCA funded programs throughout the state..


Gatesville, TX, Coryell County Crime Victims' Office: A Celebration of Crime Victims’ Rigths Week Event was held in coordination with many local agencies and victim service providers.  The event featured a nationally known speaker, high school junior ROTC color guards, vocalists, an award presentation for a poster and coloring contest and the victim advocate of the year.  The event included a butterfly release to honor and remember victims. A pinwheel display was in two locations with each display representing 3,222 victims of crime served in the county in 2008. Also hosted a self-defense training. Promotional items given away included water bottles, ribbons for patrol cars, whistles, light keychains, ribbon pins, and pens.

Mt. Pleasant, TX, Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas, Inc.: Held a one-day “Ride 4 Life” event, which included a motorcycle parade, motorcycle fun run, bike games, bike show, and a live radio broadcast.  Resource information from numerous agencies and programs was provided.  Promotional giveaways included bags, T-shirts, pens, emery boards, hats and balloons.


Salt Lake City, UT, Utah Council on Crime Victims: Produced a 30-second and a 60-second public service announcement utilizing a well-known public figure to inform residents about VOCA services and victims’ rights.  The PSAs were broadcast in both rural and urban areas throughout the state. Provided public awareness literature to crime victims, the community at large, government personnel and college students that described the history and accomplishments of victims’ rights  and services.  Printed and distributed the Victim Bill of Rights.  Held a state day of service on college and university campuses and at government agencies and service agencies, culminating in a celebration during the annual Crime Victims Conference.  During the day of service, six information booths sporting a NCVRW banner were staffed at various campuses at which tubes of promotional chapstick and resource informaton were disseminated.


Gloucester, VA, Gloucester County Victim Witness Program: Placed cranberry and navy  colored bows on lamp-posts on Main Street. During NCVRW,  public service announcements ran four times each day.  More than 320 blue and red pinwheels were displayed outside the Gloucester museum with each representing a child abuse or elder abuse victim served.  Two hundred thirty-nine silhouettes, representing the number of domestic violence victims in 2008, were hung in the courthouse. One hundred posters were distributed throughout town. A candlelight vigil was held, which included the planting of the Tree of Hope. Other events held during the week included a “Just Desserts” program at a church hall, a run/walk, motocycle run and awareness fair. All events were advertised in a full page colored newspaper ad.

Stuart, VA, Patrick County Victim/Witness Program: Two events were held at the Community College Auditorium each of which included presentations by national speaker and author Kathleen O’Hara.  In the first presentation, called “A Judicial Journey,”  Ms. O’Hara recounted her experience with the justice system following the death of her son.  The second was entitled “A Grief Like No Other,” in which she shared her continued journey of healing and highlighted the importance of having the tools and resources for “rebuilding lives.”  Victim service providers presented workshops to discuss their role as a resource for victims.  Media outreach included newspaper advertisments and articles, banners, posters and flyers.


Olympia, WA, Crime Victims Compensation Program: Posters highlighting NCVRW were printed and displayed in every county in the state. Posters listing contacts and resources in every county were also printed and distributed. Promotional bookmarks with contact and resource numbers were printed and distributed to all major colleges and libraries in the state. A theatre ad ran during NCVRW in large theatres throughout the state. Other promotional items included magnets and wristbands.

West Virginia

Charleston, WV, West Virginia Crime Victims' Rights Week Coalition: The annual Operation Reach Out, a fair-like event promoting victim awareness and crime prevention was held in three locations in different parts of the state.  One served to kick off the week and another was a closing ceremony.  Each offered a family fun fair-like experience to provide victim service materials and resources to citizens in the surrounding communities.  Numerous agencies and allied professionals participated in the event.  This highly publicized event was webbed throughout the Coalition’s outreach contacts, to the media and the community.  Promotional items disseminated included T-shirts, stadium cups and mini flyers.


Madison, WI, Department of Justice, Office of Crime Victim Services: Produced and disseminated numerous promotional and resource materials, many in English and Spanish.  Materials included NCVRW flyers, banner, posters, magnets, OCVS brochures, and media cards providing tips for victims when dealing with the media. Over 500 professionals received an invitation to the NCVRW state capitol event, a written overview of NCVRW and VOCA, and newly produced promotional and resource materials.  Also participated in a resource fair in Milwaukee to further disseminate information and in other NCVRW awareness activities and events throughout the state. Co-sponsored the annual Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony at the state capitol. Issued three press releases regarding NCVRW to 400 media outlets and added a NCVRW action box to the Wisconsin Department of Justice website.

Milwaukee, WI, Project Ujima: Youth created a mural that was displayed at the Wisconsin State Capitol, Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee and at its NCVRW event. Also held a community rally which included many fun activities for the children and provided attendees with informaton about VOCA and crime victim services in the community. Staff and youth participated in the NCVRW ceremony at the state capitol, at which one youth shared his experience as a crime victim survivor.

Shawano, WI, nIc foundation, Inc.: In preparation for NCVRW, the youth from the rural communities of Waupaca County, made 3,200 votive candles with an attached message: “Light a candle for all victims of crime”. The youth also made 3,500 bags of wishing dust with the attached message: “We wish you peace and non violence in your everyday life.  With this wishing dust, make your own special wish for peace.”  The candles and bags were distributed to area businesses and patrons of public facilities. The youth created 100 posters around the message of “just being nice,” which were distributed to area businesses. Also held an Information Fair and Candle Lighting Ceremony with 34 providers disseminating resource information to the public.  Many local dignitiaries, victims, and service providers participated in the candle lighting ceremony which included guest speakers, a choral tribute and poetry reading.


Cheyenne, WY, Safehouse Services, Inc.: A billboard was placed in a high traffic area of Cheyenne and two bus-side advertisements were displayed for four weeks. At the beginning of the week, the Laramie County Ministerial Association distributed brochures to participating churches.  The brochures provided information about NCVRW and the week’s upcoming events. Over 200 people attended an event at the state capitol.  Speakers included the governor and the US Attorney who spoke about VOCA.  A dance group from the Wind River Indian Reservation performed to honor a family member they lost to a drunk driver. Following the event at the Capitol, two survivors served as quilt guardians and led the group down four city blocks to the courthouse where the District Attorney spoke about the courage of victims and the rights they deserve.  The quilt, made of 60 quilt squares contributed by victims, was formally unveiled with testimonials as a tribute to victims. The testimonials were preserved and laminated into a booklet that will stay with the quilt when on display.  The quilt was on display at a number of locations throughout the week.

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