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2010 Community Awareness Projects by State

"Crime Victims' Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect"

The projects and their planned activities are grouped by state.
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Alabama

Victim Services of Cullman, Inc., Cullman: This sexual assault and family violence program provides services in a three county area. “Voices of Youth for Crime Victims Rights” awareness campaign began with the distribution of flyers and posters. Paid advertising including radio, television and billboards ran from the end of March through April 22. The advertising focused on the poem/song contest with 6-8 graders, the essay contest with 9-12 graders and an awards ceremony. Contest entries reflected this year’s theme. The top 20 students for each contest showcased their written work at “The Slam”, a public event held the week of April 12th through the 16th. Also held a luncheon and awards ceremony at which the winners were recognized.
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Alaska

Safe and Fear-Free Environment, Inc., Dillingham: Safe and Fear-Free Environment provides advocacy and assistance to adult and child victims of physical and sexual violence throughout the Bristol Bay region, an area approximately the size of Ohio with a population of 8,500. A “Let the Light Shine In” community march through town was led by the Yupik drummers and concluded with a rally and bon fire. Information displays were placed at each grocery store and school. Hosted a movie night at the courthouse and a victims’ rights town house meeting. The project included a PSA writing contest and the best entries were aired on the radio and cable access channel and printed in the newspaper. Posters and flyers were created by adults and teens and distributed throughout the region.

Victims for Justice, Anchorage: An annual awards banquet was held the Saturday before NCVRW. The annual Tree Ceremony was held the following Monday to honor and recognize all victims of violent crime. The project included a statewide media campaign, which included radio, television and newspaper ads. Promotional materials were distributed in smaller communities throughout the state.
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Arizona

H.A.V.E.N. Family Resource Center, Inc., Lake Havasu City: Public awareness activities included displaying a banner in the local park, yard signs displayed in front of the police department, county courthouse, and city hall, and radio PSAs and newspaper. Advocates and law enforcement distributed pocket resource guides throughout the week and at the child abuse prevention awareness fair. Victim memorial boards were displayed at the park and, at the conclusion of the week, at the awareness fair.

Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Phoenix: Participated in a victims rights rally at the state capitol and held a second event to honor victims’ rights advocates. Commemorative ribbons were distributed and the events were publicized in print and television media and via the Internet.

Navajo County Attorney's Office, Victim Services, Holbrook: The Navajo County Attorney's office hosted a one-day conference on victims’ rights for first responders, non-profit agencies, public entities and the general public. Other NCVRW awareness activities included a poster contest, print ads, distribution of flyers and information on the public access channel.
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Arkansas

Women's Crisis Center of South Arkansas, Camden: Women's Crisis Center staffed an information/educational booth at the community college during NCVRW. In light of the problem with dating violence on the Southern Arkansas University campus, the booth provided information on healthy relationships and local victim services. The clothesline and silent witness projects were displayed on campus as well. Reusable bags stuffed with resource information were handed out at local grocery stores, a hotel, restaurant, thrift store and church. The week concluded with a masquerade ball for students and faculty.
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California

Inter-Tribal Council of Calilfornia, Inc., Sacramento: : In order to enhance cultural understanding of an underserved population, the Inter-Tribal Council held a day-long training session for victims, advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, service providers and members of the public. The event included an overview of Native American history, crime data and the Native American community, and the barriers to prosecution, rights, resources and services.

Monterey County District Attorney's Office, Victim Assistance Unit, Salinas: : To commemorate NCVRW, the District Attorney's Office held a ceremony to honor victims and survivors of crime. The ceremony was held in the county board of supervisors’ chambers. Victims, allied professionals, community and business leaders and the general public were invited to attend. A reception for victims and survivors followed the ceremony. A therapist conducted a two-hour counseling session on grief and healing. The media campaign included press releases, media interviews and the distribution of flyers to local businesses.

Riverside County District Attorney, Riverside: The project included a Victims’ Rights March, which began at the District Attorney's Office and ended at the historic downtown courthouse. The march concluded with a ceremony honoring victims and their loved ones. Family members carried posters consisting of a collection of photos, poems and artwork honoring the memory of their loved one. The posters were mounted on hundreds of feet of fencing filling the courthouse lawn. Other events held during NCVRW week included a candlelight vigil, Guardians of Justice Luncheon, press releases and PSAs played at a local movie theatre.

Yolo County District Attorney's Office Victim Services Program, Woodland: The District Attorney's Office hosted its Fourth Annual Victim Recognition Ceremony to honor and recognize victims and community heroes for their bravery and survival. Families and friends of homicide victims were invited to provide a photo of their loved one, which were enlarged and displayed at the event. NCVRW and local events were advertised on three billboards and in newspapers throughout the county. Flyers and invitations were sent to places of worship and

YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles: : Inter-personal violence expert Leah Aldridge trained 3 victim/survivors who will in turn share their experiences during public awareness events. The training covered basic public speaking skills, handling denial and victim-blaming and working with the media. Also disseminated culturally adapted and translated flyers and materials and distributed mirrors, pens and magnets imprinted with local hotline crisis number. Held a self-defense class
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Colorado

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Victim Assistance Program, Centennial: The Sheriff's Office held a poster contest with area high school students. Hosted a resource fair, at which there was a poster contest awards ceremony, an ice cream social and distribution of promotional items. Over 20 community resource agencies were invited to attend and display information at the fair. The event was promoted throughout the community via the distribution of flyers placed in local businesses, school, libraries, and government buildings.

Elbert County Sheriff's Office Victim Assistance Unit, Kiowa: A mobile educational display was designed and built to disseminate public awareness information and materials throughout this predominately rural county. The display, which held brochures from local community agencies and service providers collaborating on the project, was transported to various locations during NCVRW.
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Delaware

Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force, Wilmington: : NCVRW activities included a 5K Race for Awareness for Crime Victims’ Rights, a proclamation signing event with the governor and an award ceremony recognizing those who performed outstanding work in the victims’ rights movement. The week included the 19th annual Victims’ Tribute, held in central Delaware. The public awareness campaign included print media, advertising on DART statewide bus system, billboards, radio PSAs and newspaper advertisements.
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Florida

Crime Victims Resource Network, Miami: NCVRW activities included a walk-a-thon and family day, complete with music, barbeque, children’s activities, resource information, speakers, survivor testimonials and a poetry reading. The week included an award ceremony and proclamation day. Awards were given to advocates, law enforcement and faith-based organizations that have empowered victims of crime and their families. Poster boards displaying survivors’ messages and pictures of those deceased were displayed.

South Brevard Women's Center, Inc., Melbourne: The Women's Center conducted a media campaign with a radio station and cable television service. The spots included victims’ voices summarizing their individual stories and provided information on victims’ rights. Victims represented many different types of crimes and different backgrounds.

Victim Assistance Program, Tampa: : During NCVRW, the Victim Assistance Program within the prosecutor's office handed out 8,000 business size cards and bookmarks at area malls, outside the county building, at an earth day celebration and other locations around Tampa. The cards included the national theme along with local resource information.
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Georgia

Cherokee County Domestic Violence Task Force, Canton: : Along with MADD and CASA, the Task Force hosted events in Cherokee County, a suburban Atlanta community. Events included an art poster campaign in conjunction with the community art program with local school children. The posters depicting this year’s theme were displayed in a public space during NCVRW. The project hosted a ceremony in a park to dedicate a plaque affixed to a bench, held a butterfly release and distributed promotional items. Events included a victim impact panel at the historic courthouse and a candlelight vigil at the central park of the county seat in Canton. Awareness materials, posters, brochures in English and Spanish were distributed throughout the community and in the schools.
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Guam

Office of the Attorney General - Guam, Hagatna: The week began with a proclamation signed by the governor and a flag raising ceremony to highlight the week’s events. Invitations were sent to victims, survivors, service providers, government officials and community representatives. The Silent Witness Silhouettes were displayed. NCVRW posters, banners and flyers were distributed to schools, agencies, organizations and public locations and television spots were aired.
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Idaho

Family Crisis Center, Rexburg: Along with five sister offices, Family Crisis Center conducted a media public awareness campaign covering eight counties in eastern Idaho. The campaign included television ads (during prime television viewing periods), radio PSAs, newspaper ads, and the distribution of 200 full-colored posters throughout the region.

Post Falls Police Department O.A.S.I.S., Post Falls: : Located in the rural northern panhandle of Idaho, the Post Falls Police Department placed 10,000 coffee/beverage sleeves at the eight coffee/espresso stands in the community for use during NCVRW. The sleeves were imprinted with the national theme and colors on one side and the police department logo on the other.
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Illinois

Family Resources, Inc., Moline: Family Resources is a member of the Quad Cities Crime Victims’ Rights Week Committee (a bi-state committee covering four main cities). The committee’s awareness activities included radio PSAs throughout the month of April as well as the distribution of posters and flyers promoting the week and its events. The project held a Proclamation Ceremony, at which local city officials and police departments declared NCVRW. At the end of the week, held a "Take Back the Night Rally," with a speaker, t-shirts and giveaways.
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Indiana

Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Evansville: The week began with a ribbon ceremony in front of the civic center complex. Community partners, victims and the public placed ribbons on a set of trees in remembrance of a loved one impacted by crime. Promotional buttons were distributed and everyone was encouraged to wear their buttons for the remainder of the week. The trees were moved to two Walmart locations where the public added additional ribbons. Bus drivers wore promotional buttons throughout the week. The media campaign included radio and television promotions, theatre PSAs, billboards and the distribution of posters, pamphlets, buttons, and giveaways in the Evansville-Vanderburgh area.

Prevail, Inc., Noblesville: Prevail, Inc., which provides education and support services to victims of abuse in Hamilton County, conducted two events on two consecutive evenings during NCVRW. The first event was an open house at its Noblesville facility. Each attendee received a biographical card describing a fictitious crime victim. People toured the facility stopping in different areas to learn about their assigned victim’s journey. Depending upon the type of crime, they attended a support group, safety plan demonstration, or watched an advocate assist with a victim impact statement. The second public event was coordinated with the Camel High School Students Against Violence and Abuse to bring in Judge Tory Bowen-Flynn, who forbids the use the words “rape”, “victim”, and “assailant” in cases.
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Iowa

Iowa Attorney General's Victim Assistance Division, Des Moines: The project placed newspaper ads in 199 newspapers in all five regions of Iowa (Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest) during NCVRW, including ads in the Des Moines Register and El Viento, a Spanish newspaper based in Des Moines. The ads focused on this year’s theme and included 4 toll-free lines for crime victim compensation, Iowa Domestic Violence, Iowa Sexual Abuse and the Survivors of Homicide Program.

North Iowa Domestic & Sexual Abuse Community Coalition, Mason City: The media campaign included billboards placed throughout a multi-county service area during the month of April, television commercials on the local CBS affiliate, press releases to the areas largest paper and over 20 smaller papers, advertising in the Mason City Globe Gazette’s Sunday edition and PSAs on nine radio stations. The project worked with area banks, restaurants and other businesses to display large outdoor signs recognizing NCVRW.
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Kansas

Reno County District Attorney's Office, Hutchinson: The week’s activities included a Denim Day during which employees of local banks and government agencies wore denim to observe an event started in 1999 in response to an Italian Supreme Court decision that blamed the victim for the sexual assault. The District Attorney's office hosted victim centered awareness training for law enforcement and the public. Lunch and handbags filled with resource information were provided to participants. A clergy day breakfast was held at which handbags with information were distributed. Shrubs were planted around the “Justice Tree” in memory of homicide victims. The week concluded with a community night downtown, where merchants stayed open late and distributed handbags. The evening ended with a "Walk to Remember" from the downtown to the courthouse that included candle lighting and a poetry reading
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Kentucky

Big Sandy Council on Elder Maltreatment, Prestonburg: : Comprised of community partners from five counties, the Council addresses the problem of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation through education and developing community systems of prevention and intervention. During NCVRW, the Council hosted a conference open to the public titled “Elder Abuse 101: Raising Awareness” that was held at a technical college, centrally located at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. The conference was marketed through billboards, radio, television, posters, flyers, and e-mail distribution lists. Speakers and presentations addressed elder abuse from different perspectives (forensics, law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and victim/survivors).
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Louisiana

Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Shreveport: The victims’ rights campaign focused predominately on African American, Hispanic, and Native American women from underserved communities and their rights. Through much of April, four billboards listing emergency numbers and crime victim organizations’ contact information were displayed. Also conducted a youth poster art and poetry contest through the schools and distributed lawn signs and “shoe cards” throughout the community. Hosted school assemblies at middle and high schools, at which crime victim resource information was distributed. Concluded with a "Walk for Victims’ Rights" and an educational/information expo. The media campaign included guest appearances on television, newspaper ads, radio spots and PSAs
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Massachusetts

New Hope, Inc., Attleboro: During NCVRW, this domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy program conducted a newspaper insert media campaign. Inserts went into four city newspapers and one regional newspaper distributed to readers in Bristol and Worcester counties. The insert included this year’s theme and promoted Clothesline Project displays in the cities of Taunton and Milford
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Michigan

County of Isabella Prosecutor's Office, Mt. Pleasant: Conducted a reading project with second graders, titled “Hands are for Holding and Helping, not Hitting and Hurting.” The reading project addressed the issue of domestic violence. A memorial ceremony was held which included speakers, a display of the kids’ art from the reading project and resource information. Segments of a video were produced. The parts containing interviews with crime victims were shown at the ceremony.

Dial Help, Inc., Houghton: : Dial Help provides immediate response to victims of all crimes in 15 rural counties, including crime scene response, assistance with protection orders, court and medical advocacy, and compensation assistance. NCVRW activities included an online forum titled “Victims of Crime Web Chat: Fostering Fairness, Dignity, and Respect.” The forum provided the public an opportunity to share their stories, receive support from other survivors, and get support from a knowledgeable moderator who directed them to resources. The site highlighted victims’ rights, service organizations, and provided chat rooms related to different types of crimes. The media campaign included radio, television, newspaper ads, and a wide distribution of flyers and promotional magnets. A large banner announcing the online forum was displayed in a high traffic area.

Kent County Victim Witness, Grand Rapids: The Victim Witness program began the week with an event at the courthouse to bring attention to victims’ rights and highlighted a victim who shared their experience with the system. The public awareness campaign during the week included luncheons, workshops, and panel discussions hosted by community partners. A collaborative video was created which highlighted the services available to county residents. A Facebook page was created listing all community events. The week wrapped up with a service fair and candlelight vigil at the Grand Valley State University downtown campus.
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Minnesota

New Horizons Crisis Center, Marshall: New Horizons serves a five county area in southwest Minnesota and works with individuals and families who have been victimized by general crime, child abuse and sexual assault. The NCVRW events included “Walk Against Violence”, a Take Back the Night event, a balloon release and reception. Patricia Francisco Weaver, who wrote “Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery,” spoke at an evening community event at Southwest Minnesota State University. Theatre advertising focused on crime victims’ rights and began running during NCVRW and will continue for a full year for a total of 11,880 times. One hundred posters with tear-sheet pads containing contact information were widely distributed.

Pillsbury United Communities, Brian Coyle Center, Minneapolis: An estimated 35 organizations and 100 community members participated in a resource fair targeting Somali, Oromo, Korean, and other East African and Asian nationalities. Attendees received guides to the numerous resource tables set up in the gym with theme rooms focused on crime related issues and services. Towards the end, attendees gathered to hear a panel of crime victims share their experiences. The resource fair included a neighborhood safety walk. An extensive culturally appropriate media campaign was conducted including television, radio, flyers, posters, newspapers, the Internet and door knocking.
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Mississippi

Gulf Coast Women's Center for Nonviolence, Inc., Biloxi: : Gulf Coast Women's Center hosted an event entitled, “A New Deal for Victims-Fairness, Dignity, and Respect,” on the Biloxi Town Green in downtown Biloxi. The event included participation from six coastal counties and its law enforcement, victim service organizations, district attorney’s office, and the military base. The event included speakers, presentations by school children, entertainment, vendors, and community partner designed activities.

The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention, Hattiesburg: : NCVRW began with proclamations signed by the mayors of the two largest cities (Laurel and Hattiesburg) and mayors from some of the small communities in the eleven county regions. Area youth were invited to participate in an art or poster project reflecting this year’s theme. Regional law enforcement, advocates, judges and victims selected the winning art pieces and winners received trophies. A regional candlelight vigil was held at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, where the youth artwork was displayed. Also held an educational event with a keynote speaker and victim impact panel. Lesson plans appropriate for civic, history, and government classes for a variety of grade levels were developed. A day of training for social workers, the ministry, medical professional, law enforcement and survivors promoted the process of healing following the trauma of being victimized.
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Missouri

Crime Victim Advocacy Center of St. Louis, St. Louis: The 29 members of the Regional Planning Committee for the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area Victims’ Rights Week Event. NCVRW events included distributing, at a shopping mall and two community colleges, free Hershey’s chocolate bars with customized wrappers, imprinted with the theme, colors, and a website link to NCVRW events. The inside wrapper contained a list of rights guaranteed in Missouri and Illinois. The committee also printed informational cards listing resource information and upcoming NCVRW events that participating agencies were hosting. Volunteers wearing NCVRW t-shirts appeared on Show Me St. Louis’s Window on St. Louis, a local afternoon show with a window similar to the Today Show. Volunteers were allowed 30 seconds to talk about the significance of the week and upcoming events. The media campaign also included 10 small billboards on surface streets in Missouri and Illinois.
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Montana

Montana Board of Control, Helena: A Walk of Remembrance was held in the cities of Boulder and Missoula. The event included speeches from local elected officials, followed by a one-mile walk to a city park where a bench honoring victims was dedicated. Balloons and posters containing victims’ right information and data were placed along the walking route. Walkers were provided water, granola bars, fruit, a theme pin and fleece scarf in theme colors. At the end of the walk victim service providers handed out information and staffed resource booths. A newspaper ad inviting the public to participate ran in each community prior to the event.
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Nebraska

City of Beatrice - Gage County Victim Assistance Program, Beatrice: Four billboards were displayed for four months throughout the county. The local library hosted a display. Bookmarks, pens, note pads, business cards and brochures were given out to the public. During April, volunteers distributed posters and gift bags containing information and pens, to local businesses, agencies and hospitals.
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Nevada

Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence, Reno: NCASV is a member of the Alliance for Victims’ Rights, which is the coordinating agency for NCVRW events in Washoe County. NCVRW events included displaying the Victims’ Memorial Quilts in one of Nevada’s northern government agencies. The Alliance held the 17th Annual Candlelight Vigil at the Mills B. Lane Justice Center in Reno honoring survivors of crime. The annual “Bringing Respect and Honor to Victims Awards” were presented at the vigil. The week’s events included the Labyrinth Garden Walk (a place dedicated to victims of violent crime). Promotional lip balm and flashlight key chains were distributed. The media campaign included radio, television, print media, and advertising on Facebook. The Alliance provided media tool kits to all local media outlets
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New Hampshire

YWCA Manchester, Manchester: NCVRW events included the 10th Annual "Take Back the Night" March, Rally and Candlelight Vigil to End Sexual Violence, New Hampshire Clothesline Project, Survivor Art and Poetry Night and the “Hands Are NOT for Hurting” campaign with local schools and youth organizations. Service providers in the areas of child abuse, domestic and sexual abuse and racial violence were honored at the "Heroes for Justice Awards." The awareness campaign included PSAs on the Manchester Transit Authority Bus system. A Family Health & Safety Clinic was held, which included presentations and information on crime prevention.
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New Jersey

Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office, Flemington: A Community Resource Fair was held. Also celebrated the re-opening of the renovated Child Advocacy Center. Area service providers and community agencies were invited to set up information displays.

Jersey Battered Women's Service, Inc., Morristown: On Sunday, April 18th, a front-page sticker promoting NCVRW appeared on the Daily Record, Morris County’s major daily newspaper reaching 45,000 people. The sticker directed readers to a half-page colored ad inside which contained a list of rights and local service providers’ contact information and website address. An ad was also provided in Spanish. A flyerboard banner ad was run on the daily newspaper’s website. All service provides/agencies were invited to send two representatives to participate in the planning meetings to create the ad.
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New Mexico

Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, Inc., Santa Fe: : A “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” march, starting at the state capitol and ending at the Santa Fe Railyard was held. Once at the Railyard, there were speakers, including lawmakers, business owners, members of the faith community, local youth and victims/survivors. The event included vendors, music, food, and outreach/resource materials.
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New York

Family Services, Inc., Poughkeepsie: : A countywide awareness campaign included the dissemination of 13,750 take out coffee cup sleeves imprinted with the theme, a local hotline number and website. Participating sites, including independent delicatessens, coffee shops, restaurants, diners, college and hospital cafeterias, displayed flyers and brochures. A full-page color newspaper advertisement listing the project and participating businesses was taken out. Also held an awards ceremony honoring community “champions” of victims’ rights.

Mental Health Association of Genesee County, Batavia: : The Genessee County Crime Victims' Rights Week Coalition held many activities for NCVRW. The week included a flag raising event at the county courthouse, a tour of the courts facility and a gathering to honor crime victims/survivors. Also held an open house at the Child Advocacy Center, a Criminal Justice Advisory Council Breakfast and a Criminal Justice Day-Informational Sessions. The week included a candlelight vigil/awards ceremony and balloon walk. During the week a banner and different colored flags representing different types of crime were displayed on Main Street. Newspaper advertisements were purchased and articles were submitted for publication throughout the week.

Montgomery Co Sexual Assault Support Services of Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, Inc., Amsterdam: : Promotion for NCVRW included radio PSAs, and sending letters-to-the-editor and feature articles to local newspapers. Guest speakers were booked on local radio programs. Along with partner agencies, programs were held in schools, senior centers and other community venues. Partner agencies distributed awareness ribbons attached to information cards in English and Spanish. A dedication reception was held at the county office building to honor all crime victims and to promote crime victims’ rights. The dedication included a keynote speaker, tree planting and installment of a memorial stone on the courthouse grounds.

Office of the Richmond County District Attorney, Staten Island: The District Attorney's office conveyed victim-related information to non-English-speaking immigrant residents through a student art and poetry contest held for their English-speaking school age children. A color photograph of the winning art piece was displayed in the local Sunday paper, along with information on the upcoming candlelight vigil. The winning poems were printed in the vigil program at which students also had the opportunity to read their poems. The vigil was held at the Richmond University Medical Center, situated in an area with the county’s highest rate of violent crime.

Safe Horizon, Brooklyn: In partnership with the Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims and the New York State Attorney General, held New York City's 25th annual Crime Victims Candlelight Vigil at the West End Collegiate Church, which was centrally located and available by various forms of public transportation. The church sanctuary was transformed with banners, paintings, quilts, group crafts, children’s art, 9/11 photography and flowers. The vigil included “Voices of Victims” and an address by a keynote speaker.
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North Carolina

North Carolina Division of Community Corrections, Raleigh: : The Victim Services Interagency Council of North Carolina hosted its annual Crime Victims’ Rights Ceremony at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. The ceremony included a keynote speaker, a candlelight vigil, a memory flower ceremony, and a reception. Attendees viewed the Victims’ Expression, a display through art, poetry, pictures, and stories created from victims’ families’ submissions. A collage with the 60 photos of the victims honored in the Expression DVD was displayed. A DVD of the display was given to attendees.

Shelter Home of Caldwell County, Lenoir: : To commemorate the lives of homicide victims, life- size wooden silhouettes were displayed on the courthouse lawn during NCVRW. A “Crime Prevention Fair” was held at which partner agencies had information booths. A motivational speaker and survivor spoke at the Caldwell County Solutions Against Violence meeting. A balloon release was held on the downtown square, which was followed by a victims’ luncheon. The awareness campaign included a banner displayed across Main Street, a billboard, television, radio, and newspaper ads and imprinted grocery bags. Information bags were distributed to the schools and flyers were handed out at local restaurants.
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North Dakota

North Dakota Victim Assistance Association, Stanley: The Association advertised on 11 billboards throughout North Dakota during the month of April. The billboards promoted NCVRW and referred readers to the association’s website. The website provides information about victims’ rights and services in North Dakota, local phone numbers and information about the North Dakota crime victim compensation program.
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Ohio

Columbus Urban League, Columbus: With a focus on raising the awareness of NCVRW among Columbus’s faith community, an event was held at the New Birth Christian Ministry. The event included expressive dance, music and poetry. Author and victim advocate Yvonne Pointer was the keynote speaker. There was an emphasis on involving people 25 and younger, as this population is hit hard by violent crime. The event and a second event held at the office, highlighted the sharing of resource information, including the state’s victim compensation program. The events were promoted on the League’s weekly radio show, PSAs on local news and radio outlets, newsletters, and the Attorney General’s Calendar of Events.

Medina County Domestic & Sexual Violence Task Force, Akron: All agencies providing services to victims of crime in Medina County were invited to participate in creating an awareness campaign which included creating cinema theatre ads for use at 28 theaters. The 15 second and 30 second theatre ads related to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Mental Health America of Licking County, Newark: One of the programs this agency runs is a violence prevention and youth asset-building program named PAVE. It also runs YES House, a youth clubhouse and community service program. During NCVRW, groups of speakers interacted with the youth involved with these two programs. The project included a public workshop to increase law enforcement’s interaction with the public and explanation of the victim’s journey through the criminal justice process. The week included a program on “Victims with Disabilities,” a poster contest with students addressing diversity and victimization and “Peacemakers’ Showcase,” an event showcasing teens anti- violence messages through interactive displays
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Oklahoma

YWCA Enid, Enid: In collaboration with numerous community partners, the Garfield County Domestic Violence Task Force sponsored a community resource fair. The focus of the fair was community safety and was held on a Saturday at the high school field. Community agencies and partners provided information booths and activities for the public. The event included food, a live radio remote and kids activities. T-shirts were given to attendees, along with bags for collecting resource information. This was the first time the City of Enid had an event at which all agencies come together to inform victims of their rights.
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Oregon

Oregon Crime Victims Law Center, Portland: The Law Center was established to provide free legal representation to crime victims in criminal cases in state, federal and tribal courts. To promote NCVRW, The Center hung banners on streetlights on major traffic arteries throughout Portland and Salem. The Attorney General of Oregon and clients/victims appeared on a TV segment, live interview broadcast during NCVRW.
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Pennsylvania

Berks County District Attorney's Office, Reading: NCVRW began with a Resource Fair at a local shopping plaza at which the Sheriff’s Department provided child ID cards. The week included a candlelight vigil and the District Attorney's annual “Victims’ Rights Walk”, at which the mother of a homicide victim signed her book of poetry entitled, “Slamming Open the Door.” Eleven electronic billboards advertised the events throughout the county.
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Tennessee

Edgehill Family Resource Center - Organized Neighbors of Edgehill, Nashville: The Resource Center serves one of the poorest areas and has identified crime as one of the residents’ main concern. On Saturday, April 24, the Center sponsored a Community Awareness Forum at the community center, which included a number of workshops to educate the community about the impact of crime. Presenters included service providers, faith leaders, law enforcement, and crime victims. The event included resource displays and a recognition luncheon. The event was promoted through print and electronic media
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Texas

Coryell County Crime Victims' Office, Gatesville: The week began with proclamations presented to the cities of Gatesville, Copperas Cove and to the County Commissioners. Elementary school students were asked to submit poster artwork depicting general themes of non-violence and crime victims’ rights. Winners of the contest were announced at an event that included national and state speakers, a presentation by a mother whose daughter was murdered by an abusive boyfriend, music, a victim memorial flower wreath, and candlelight vigil. Throughout the week, church bells tolled at noon and awareness pins/ribbons were distributed and worn by community leaders and event attendees. The week was promoted in church bulletins, and through radio, television and print media.

Houston Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Houston: The Coalition hosted a Community Walk for victims over a 7-day period. Teams of walkers signed up to walk at a time and place convenient for them. Walkers were provided t-shirts and information cards were give to people who were interested in learning more about why and for whom they were walking. The suggested distance was 3-5 miles so each team walked about one hour for victims. The walk was promoted at the well-attended annual Houston Children’s Festival where HCAHT had a booth to recruit walkers. Interested walkers picked up registration packets at a local theatre where NCVRW kicked off with a movie and speaker. The events were promoted with flyers, banners, PSAs, on Facebook, on a website and through local schools, agencies and churches.
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Utah

Salt Lake City Corporation Police Department Victim Advocate Program, Salt Lake City: : A different event took place each day of NCVRW, starting with an interfaith candlelight vigil. The Mayor’s Office and the Salt Lake Police Chief issued a proclamation and introduced a new brochure describing the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendment. Victims and advocates participated in a mid-week radio show discussing victims’ rights. A live broadcast of a panel discussion and keynote speaker was held at the library, giving the public an opportunity to ask questions. A survivors’ quilt was unveiled at various public locations. Crime victims, law enforcement officers, advocates and community members conducted a “Honk-and-Wave” event, where they stood at major intersections and on freeway ramps, wearing t-shirts and holding signs. The week concluded with a community event with a keynote speaker.
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Vermont

The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services, Waterbury: The Center created radio and web PSAs for local stations and partner websites. The message directed the public to look for information at their local grocery stores and co-ops during NCVRW. NCVRW information packets and victim service information were distributed to the grocery stores and co-ops statewide. Local service providers explained the project to store owners and encourage them to hang posters in their windows and provide flyers and imprinted grocery tote bags to their customers during the week. The Center hosted the annual Honor Survivors’ Day Ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse at which Meg Garvin, Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, conducted a symposium with key decision makers gathered to identify priorities and strategies for advancing victims’ rights in Vermont.
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Virginia

Fairfax County Police Department, Victim Services Section, Fairfax: For almost twenty years, victim service providers have joined together to recognize NCVRW by holding a candlelight vigil. Collaborators are members of the Northern Virginia Crime Victim Assistance Coalition. Victims conducted the part of the vigil program giving recognition to selected individuals who have distinguished themselves through their service to victims.

Spotsylvania County Victim Witness Assistance Program, Spotsylvania: A four page glossy insert was distributed to 20,000 residents through the local newspaper. A Spanish language publication was also distributed to the Latino and immigrant communities and at events sponsored by collaborators. The publication, highlighting all allied agencies and programs covering all types of crimes, included a resource guide on the issues of violence and its impact on the individual, family and community. It provided parents with a list of services available for children and teens, risk reduction information and services for those with disabilities, for the elderly and culturally specific services.
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Wisconsin

nic foundation, Inc., Shawano: This program was started in memory of a young man murdered in a small rural Wisconsin community and is dedicated to promoting violence prevention educational initiatives throughout Northeastern Wisconsin. The foundation worked with youth via the schools and 4-H groups to create NCVRW promotional votive candles with the attached message “light a candle for all victims of crime” and wishing seeds/dust with the attached message “making your own wish for peace.” The project conducted storytelling crime prevention lessons at local schools and at a library and held a candle lighting ceremony in the rural community of Clintonville. An information fair was held, at which the foundation displayed a gallery art show from their “Building Character through Art” gallery show, highlighting the work of 60 k-12 students. Families attending received a resource book on raising children of good character.
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