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Victims for Justice, Anchorage: Victims for Justice is a non-profit agency serving violent crime victims and survivors of homicide victims. Every year VFJ is involved in two annual events to commemorate NCVRW—an annual awards banquet and a tree ceremony. The awards banquet honored victims, volunteers and professionals for their efforts to fight for victims’ rights. The tree ceremony is a collaborative effort with other victim rights organizations to honor all victims of crime. VFJ promoted the events through radio talk shows, direct mail invitations, and personal written invitations to public officials, email invitations, Facebook, press releases and their website
Victim Services Division of the Navajo County Attorney's Office, Holbrook: The Victim Services Division hosted a symposium on victims’ rights, crime victimization, and available services. The symposium was open to the public and criminal justice officials, victim service providers and allied professionals were encouraged to attend. Information exchange booths were staffed by victim services agencies throughout the day. A poster and electronic media contest was conducted during the week. The symposium, NCVRW and other local events were promoted through print ads, flyers, news releases, Facebook, and on the Navajo County public access channel.
Crime Victims Assistance Association of Arkansas, Little Rock: The Association sponsored an opening ceremony for NCVRW in the central part of Arkansas. The event was the kickoff to other events around the state. The ceremony included a victim/survivor speaker sharing her experiences. Awards were presented to individuals, agencies, and victims who exemplified a dedication to victims’ rights. The NCVRW DVD was shown during the ceremony. Events were promoted through newspaper ads, radio ads, flyers, and posters.
Healing Place Ministries, Pine Bluff: Healing Place Ministries is a non-profit agency that provides education, advocacy services, compassionate care and health enrichment opportunities to the community with a specific focus on elder abuse victims. They held crime victims’ memorial services for the family and friends of homicide victims in two different communities. At the services, homicide victims' names were displayed on a memorial wall and donated shawls were given to each surviving family. A proclamation was read in each location and at the conclusion of each service two doves were freed as a symbol of renewed liberty and solidarity with survivors. Information about local services was made available at each location. The events were promoted through free radio and television PSAs, banners, church bulletins, and online newspaper and television ads.
Serenity, Inc., Mountain Home: Serenity, Inc. provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. To raise awareness about crime and its effects on communities, Serenity launched a media campaign to promote NCVRW and their event. The campaign included a series of ads and PSAs in local newspapers and on radio and television stations. Their main event during NCVRW was a public event held at the courthouse. A proclamation was read; the names of all victims murdered in 2010 were read; and the “Champions of Justice” awards were presented to individuals who have worked on behalf of specific victim populations. They created and disseminated 5,000 pocket resource guides.
Ray of Light Trauma Recovery Center, Oakland: Ray of Light Trauma Recovery Center is a non-profit community mental health organization providing services to residents who have been traumatized by overwhelming community violence. Ray of Light held an open event for the Latino community to provide a transformative traditional activity of hope, healing and empowerment. The event included presentations in trauma recovery and offered the attendees the opportunity to engage in an art activity.
Walnut Avenue Women's Center, Santa Cruz: The Walnut Avenue Women’s Center provides services to victims of domestic violence and youth exposed to domestic violence. They held four events around NCVRW. Each event focused on a different crime victim-related issue: 1) an open house with presentations on crime victim issues, services and available resources; 2) a social event to discuss crimes against youth, including cyber-bullying and crimes against LGBTQ; 3) a lecture on trauma and its impact on victims and families; and 4) a general resource gathering for all community-based organizations.
Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Denver: COVA created a neighborhood crime awareness campaign and held a dedication ceremony for their new building, was named “The Bob Preston Building” in honor of his legislative efforts on behalf of victims. COVA created the campaign “We Don’t Tolerate Crime in this Neighborhood” and promoted it through an article in a local newsletter and the dissemination of signs, stickers, mini-flags and business card holders about victims’ rights.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Connecticut, East Haven: MADD Connecticut placed ads on movie screens in 15 movie theaters and Digital TV ads in 10 gas stations throughout the state. The ads ran prior to the start of the movies and promoted NCVRW, MADD and crime statistics. They distributed NCVRW posters throughout the state. The gas station ads appeared on the top of the gas pumps.
Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force, Wilmington: The DVRTF created posters promoting NCVRW and Delaware events. The 200 posters were disseminated throughout the state in public locations, community centers and courts. They hosted the 20th annual Victims’ Tribute in Dover. Approximately 120 people gathered to participate in the tribute. All of the attendees were given coffee mugs, lunch bags and pens with the NCVRW logo and theme. They worked with local radio, television and newspapers to promote NCVRW and their events. Special NCVRW coffee sleeves were distributed to local coffee shops and other high volume businesses.
District of Columbia
Office of Victim Services, District of Columbia, Washington: The Office of Victim Services collaborated with victims, service providers, policymakers and criminal justice officials to create a 15 minute documentary addressing victims’ rights and local services. The documentary included interviews with individuals who spoke about how victims’ rights have developed in the District and how they should be refined or expanded in the future. The documentary ran four times a day for 10 days. They also created public service announcement promoting NCVRW events and which also aired four times a day for 10 days.
19th Judicial Circuit Victims' Rights Coalition, Port St Lucie: The Coalition promoted victims’ rights and events held during NCVRW through radio, television and newspaper ads. The Coalition was involved in three events during the week. They hosted a women’s self defense class which was open to the public. Informational materials and brochures were made available to participants. A community “Shred-a-thon” was held to promote identity theft prevention. The final event was a motorcycle “Ride for Rights” which was co-sponsored by a local motorcycle dealer. At the conclusion of the ride, the community was invited to attend a “Celebration of Victims’ Rights” where refreshments were provided.
City of Fort Myers Police Department, Fort Myers: The Police Department conducted events every day of NCVRW. On Sunday, a sticker promoting the week was placed on the local newspaper which reaches approximately 25,000 readers. On Monday, a proclamation ceremony was held in front of the Department. The next day, crime victims, victim advocates, and area agency representatives discussed their experiences and roles in the justice system. On Wednesday, the annual butterfly release and memorial walk was held in a local park. The ceremony honoring victims and their family members included the butterfly release; bricks added to the memorial walk by law enforcement agencies; and a special brick dedicated to a local EMS employee that was killed by her partner. Every victim and surviving family member received a wooden rose as a reminder of the event. On Thursday, a workshop on death notifications and dealing with grief was held at the Sheriff’s Office. Friday’s event was a candlelight vigil and Silent Witness display at a local park. The last event was a Community Awareness Day that brought together local agencies that serve crime victims. NCVRW bags were given out to collect information from the various displays. All of the events were promoted on the Department’s website calendar, City of Fort Myers online calendar, and the 20th Judicial Victim Services Coalition website.
City of Ocala Police Department, Ocala: The Ocala Police Department participated in four events during the week. To kick-off the week the mayor signed a proclamation and then victims/survivors told their stories. There were numerous resource fairs held throughout the community. Local victim service agencies handed out information about their services. On Thursday, a Homicide/Death Victim’s Remembrance Ceremony was held for homicide/death victim’s family members. Family members were presented with ribbons with the name of their loved one; at the conclusion of the event the ribbons were placed on a wreath. A slide show with the victims’ photos was shown during the event. The final event was a day of “New Beginnings” in a local park. The day began with a walk/run and then participants gathered for refreshments, activities, and information booths. The day ended with a butterfly release. An extensive media campaign was launched the week before NCVRW to promote the upcoming events. During NCVRW, the media campaign focused on victims’ rights. Victim stories were highlighted in a local magazine. Billboards were erected. PSAs on all major radio stations, local cable station and ABC affiliate aired for two weeks. Flyers were distributed by email and community newsletters. Bookmarks were given to local libraries. All of the print material was provided in English and Spanish.
South Brevard Women's Center, Inc., Melbourne: The Women’s Center provides services to all crime victims, especially victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Women’s Center conducted a widespread media campaign for NCVRW to raise awareness about victims’ issues and available resources. The campaign included two radio stations and a cable television station. The spots used victims’ voices to raise awareness about crime victimization and provided telephone and web resources for further information about rights and services.
Cherokee Domestic Violence Task Force, Canton: The Task Force worked with MADD and Families of Cherokee United in Service to conduct an awareness campaign. An art poster contest was held with local schools. The artwork was displayed in a public location during the week. A community garden was dedicated in a public park located in a high crime area of the community. The mayor and survivors spoke at the event. Attendees read “I have a right” statements. The Task Force and its partners held a victim impact panel with victims of drunk and drugged driving, child abuse, domestic violence and stalking sharing their stories. The final event of the week was a faith-based summit of area churches to discuss how they can respond to victims of crime within the church. The participants were given a “toolkit” that provides information on available resources. The events were promoted in public offices and businesses.
Office of the Attorney General - Guam, Hagatna: The Office of the Attorney General kicked off the week with an outreach effort at a local mall. The outreach efforts continued during the week at various locations. The Governor signed a proclamation declaring the week NCVRW. The next event was a Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness ceremony. Students placed awareness ribbons on a Remembrance Tree. Specific outreach efforts were made to the senior citizen centers.
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, Boise: The Coalition hosted two public events and conducted a media campaign during the week. The first event involved 25 free community presentations held on the Boise State University campus. The presentations were co-sponsored by the Idaho Victim Assistance Academy and the BSU Criminal Justice Department. Topics included information on various types of crime victimization, history of victims’ rights, and violence prevention. Each presentation was two to three hours in length. An information fair was held to bring together victim service organizations to share information about their services. They also held a Real Teens/Real Pressures: Sexual Harassment conference. The media campaign involved mailing press releases to locale newspapers and television and radio stations. Approximately 1300 NCVRW toolkits (posters, press release samples) were disseminated to close to 100 individual and organizational members.
Springfield Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizens' Academy Alumni Association, Rochester: The Alumni Association serves 84 counties affecting 3.4 million people in Central and Southern Illinois. The Association held several public events during the week. A 5K Run/Walk/Roll was held highlighting victims’ rights. Different victims’ rights were featured on signs. A Health, Wellness, and Victim Services Providers’ Fair was held in conjunction with the run. Vendors provided information on achieving overall health and wellness and information on the services available to crime victims. The final event was the creation and dedication of a peace and healing garden.
The Crisis Center for South Suburbia, Tinley Park: The Crisis Center is a non-profit agency that provides emergency shelter and services to victims of domestic violence. They hosted five events during NCVRW. All events were open to the public and each event was designed for specific groups. To kick-off the week, they held a press conference to recognize survivors and highlight the rest of the activities. A presentation about the services available from the FBI was held at a local library. Another presentation was held on a university campus on the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act. They had a presentation on elder abuse for the public and nursing and medical students. The final event was an information fair hosted by the Attorney General’s office. All of the events were promoted on the Center’s website, through online community calendars, and online and print newspaper ads.
Family Justice Center of Saint Joseph County, South Bend: The Family Justice Center hosted a “Take Back the Night” rally, march and candlelight vigil. The event began at the Courthouse and finished at the College Football Hall of Fame. The event was hosted by a local celebrity and included speeches by the county prosecutor, victims, and the reading of a proclamation. The event was promoted through billboards, newspaper ads and social media sites.
Heartford House, Lafayette: Heartford House offers a child-friendly environment where child abuse victims can be interviewed. Heartford House began the week with proclamations signed by two city mayors and three county commissioners. Another event was a luncheon at which the keynote speaker addressed the issue of what the community could do to meet the needs of crime victims. The luncheon was open to victims, criminal justice professionals, victim service providers and the public. To close out the week, Heartford House sponsored another community event honoring all crime victims and encouraging citizens to become involved in strengthening the community. Billboards and television ads were used to promote NCVRW, local events and services. Promotional items and bookmarks were disseminated to local programs and at all the events.
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office Victim/Witness Assistance Program, Evansville: The Victim/Witness Program kicked off their week-long media campaign with a proclamation ceremony which local criminal justice officials, victim service providers, allied professionals, victims/survivors and the community attended. At the conclusion of the ceremony, balloons in remembrance of crime victims were released and participants were given a NCVRW button/ribbon to wear for the rest of the week. A comprehensive media campaign included radio and television ads, billboards, and bus bench and shelter ads. Special awareness materials were distributed to businesses to raise awareness about specific types of victimization. Coasters with local victim resources and websites distributed to bars and restaurants. NCVRW was also promoted at a local “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event. Posters and t-shirts were available to participants and passerby’s that afternoon. Flyers were also placed in business windows throughout the Evansville/Vanderburgh area.
Iowa Attorney General's Crime Victim Assistance Division, Des Moines: The Crime Victim Assistance Division conducted a public awareness campaign directed to the general public, with a specific message to young adults and underserved populations. They placed ads in the 199 newspapers across Iowa. To reach underserved populations, they placed ads in newspapers that reach the Hispanic, African-American, Bosnian-American, and Filipino-American communities. To reach young adults, they placed ads in two newspapers geared to this group, university newspapers, as well as on Facebook.
Story County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Ames: The Story County Coalition Against Domestic Violence held an art show to highlight the artwork of survivors. They collected artwork in various mediums and had 25 victims/survivors participate in the event. An open house for the community was held which provided an opportunity for the artists/survivors to speak about their experiences. Following the art show, a publication was produced highlighting all the artwork and the survivors’ stories. The publication was given to artist, event sponsors, member coalition agencies, and the public in an effort to continue the awareness in the community. Survivors were given the option of remaining anonymous during the show and in the publication.
The Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center, Fort Dodge: In an effort to significantly raise the awareness of criminal justice officials, victim service providers, allied professionals and the general public, The Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center hosted a 3-day seminar on domestic violence and sexual assault. They promoted NCVRW through a billboard and community newsletters.
Johnson County District Attorney's Office, Olathe: The District Attorney’s Office launched a media campaign to attract participants to their annual art show and reception. To promote the event, they distributed press releases and Spanish brochures, posters and bookmarks to five social service agencies that work with Hispanic victims and their families. Materials promoting the art exhibit were disseminated to 10 libraries. The District Attorney’s Office also inserted bookmarks into every initial letter sent to crime victims. In addition to the art show, the Office participated in a community-wide one day information fair. A NCVRW banner was hung at the courthouse and a proclamation was signed.
Office of Victims Advocacy of the Office of the Attorney General of Kentucky, Frankfort: The Office of Victims Advocacy held a Victims’ Rights Day in conjunction with a statewide victim assistance conference. The Victim’s Rights Day was held on the first afternoon of the conference and included a nationally recognized speaker who has worked on raising awareness of intimate partner violence. The event was promoted through television and newspaper ads, as well as through conference materials and bookmarks. Paper butterflies were made by inmates and decorated by elementary school children and given to all attendees.
Faith House, Inc., Lafayette: Faith House is a non-profit agency serving victims of domestic violence. Faith House worked with the local sexual assault program and the Sheriff’s Office to create the “Survivor Shirt Story” project. Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault were invited to paint t- shirts to tell their stories. At a City Hall rally, over 100 t-shirts were unveiled. Local dignitaries gave speeches about the importance of victims’ rights. The shirts were later displayed around the city during the week and information about victims’ rights was provided at each location. The t-shirts were also displayed at the end of the week at a Family Fun event. Flyers, brochures and posters were also created to inform citizens about available services and rights. Press releases were disseminated to radio, television and newspaper outlets.
Harford County State's Attorney's Office, Bel Air: In order to raise awareness of victim services, and to provide better services to crime victims, the State’s Attorney’s Office held an Open Forum Panel Discussion. Panel members consisted of representatives from the criminal justice systems. After each panel member provided an overview of their role, victims and the public was given a chance to raise their concerns, offer praise, or ask questions of the panelists. A moment of silence to remember crime victims was included in the event. Participants were also able to pick-up information about local service agencies.
Plymouth County VETO, Brockton: VETO (Violence-free Education, Training and Outreach) works to end domestic violence and sexual assault. VETO hosted two regional expos that provided the public and service providers with an opportunity to obtain information about local resources. In addition to typical victim service agencies, agencies providing assistance with housing, employment, food, utilities, and clothing were invited to participate. During each expo, workshops were held on different types of victimization and compensation. The expos were advertised in local newspapers, radio stations and cable access stations.
Worcester County District Attorney's Office, Worcester: For NCVRW, the District Attorney’s Office launched a radio ad campaign airing 120 60-second spots over five days. They also hosted an informational evening in a high-risk neighborhood. The Office worked with the Neighborhood Improvement Corporation to promote an awareness event in the community.
Wayne County Council Against Family Violence, Detroit: The Wayne County Council Against Family Violence held a tree planting ceremony at a Detroit Police Department District station in honor of crime victims. Local dignitaries were asked to speak along with two victims of crime. Trees were dedicated to represent victims of child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, homicide, and sexual assault. At the conclusion of the ceremony, attendees were invited into the station for a reception where community policing efforts were on display. Guests were able to pickup information on community resources and received water bottles and worry stones.
Freeborn County Crime Victim's Crisis Center, Albert Lea: The Crisis Center promoted NCVRW with a series of displays, presentations, and promotional materials. An art contest was held for pre-school through high school students. Pre-school through 2nd grade students participated in a coloring contest and third grade through high school students created posters. The week began with a kick-off event with a proclamation read by a county commissioner. During the event, the Center recognized the work of partner agencies and the winners of the art contest. A display providing information in English and Spanish was set-up in a mall and included information visitors can take with them. A new “Empty Shoe” display was created with shoes representing different victims with a card describing the victim posted next to each pair of shoes. A presentation on identity theft and financial fraud was held during the month. The week and events were promoted through banners, flyers, and radio and television ads. The Center also distributed bookmarks, magnets, whistle key chains, and yard signs as a part of the campaign.
Minnesota Alliance on Crime, St. Paul: Minnesota Alliance on Crime is a coalition of local and statewide programs serving victims of crime. MAC disseminated a statewide press release announcing NCVRW and a press conference held at the MN Department of Public Safety. Victim resources were provided at the press conference. They also collaborated with 17 organizations to create a photo montage that honored leaders in the field and highlighted current victim issues for underserved communities. The photo montage was shown at the press conference and then posted on YouTube, MAC’s website, Facebook, and the Department of Public Safety’s website. The Governor signed a proclamation for NCVRW. The press release was distributed to radio, television and newspaper outlets.
Sacred Spirits, Mahnomen: Sacred Spirits works to reduce or eliminate domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault in White Earth and surrounding area. Sacred Spirits hosted two events to promote NCVRW. The first event was a listening circle where elder women in the community spoke about their victimization to other women and the daughters. The second event was a presentation on crime victims’ rights and human trafficking. They also created a brochure on crime victims’ rights and human trafficking which was disseminated at both events and in the community.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Victim Services, St. Louis: Victim Services raised public awareness by partnering with 3 businesses to reinforce that the workplace is an important source for information and support for employees victimized by crime. Victim Services staff was available to answer questions and pass out bags with information on local services. The second outreach effort involved using the direct mail service, Valpak, to send information on rights and services to select areas of the community. Information was included in 130,000 Valpak envelopes.
Jersey Battered Women's Service, Morristown: The Jersey Battered Women’s Service focused their public awareness efforts on engaging youth in the campaign. The messages addressed the crimes committed against, and witnessed by youth. Advertisements were placed in a variety of local newspapers, on newspapers’ websites, and on the websites of agencies serving high risk youth.
North Central Community Based Services, Inc., Chama: North Central Community Based Services is a non-profit organization that serves children, youth, and their families who have been victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, stalking, etc. They promoted their services and NCVRW through several events. The week kicked off with the signing of a proclamation. They held an open house/education forum that included presentations on filing orders of protection, safety planning, and victims’ rights and available services. Speakers included victims who have received services from their agency. During the open house, balloons were released depicting the victims they’ve served. They placed “Farolitos” (a cultural light of celebration) around the grounds to raise awareness. All of the events were promoted through a media campaign that included newspaper articles, posters disseminated to businesses, and interviews with local radio stations. They also had a live remote radio coverage of the event.
Barrier Free Living, Inc., New York: Barrier Free Living provides services to disabled survivors of domestic violence. They hosted an event staged around the Brooklyn Bridge. The event began with an opening ceremony featuring speakers who addressed the theme of NCVRW. The participants were going to walk across the bridge into Manhattan, but the weather prohibited them from crossing the bridge. Participants were provided with umbrellas adorned with statements about victims’ rights. Participants were able to pick-up information on victim services; design t-shirts for a Clothesline Project; and children were encouraged to color in a blank NCVRW logo or make their own design. The event was promoted through newspapers, websites, bulletin boards, and flyers.
Crime Victims Assistance Center, Inc., Binghamton: The Crime Victims Assistance Center provides crisis services, counseling, court accompaniment and victim advocacy services to crime victims. The Center hosted four events for NCVRW. The first event was the display of a homicide victims’ memorial wall at six locations throughout the county. The second event was a press conference held in front of the memorial wall in Brome County to kick-off NCVRW. Public officials presented a proclamation and spoke about NCVRW. The annual Balloon Release was held in a local park which is named for the murdered 12-year old daughter of a law enforcement officer. The event included speakers, music, bag-pipes and an honor guard. The final event of the week was a Victims’ Rights Breakfast to honor individuals who work with crime victims.
Kings County District Attorneys Office, Brooklyn: The District Attorney’s Office combined the Victims’ Rights VOICE (Victims on the Impact of Crime Event) Out and the Sexual Assault Yearly Speak Out (SAYSO) events. The combined event began with an information fair where individuals could pick-up information on victims’ rights and local services from 36 victim service organizations. The event concluded with several speakers, including crime victims/survivors and performances by local musical theater and performing arts students.
Polish Community Center of Buffalo, Inc., Buffalo: The Polish Community Center provides comprehensive services to crime victims through its Crime Victims Assistance Program. The Community Center launched a six-month public awareness campaign in March to promote NCVRW and services after the week. The campaign used ads in local newspapers and billboards placed along a major expressway. Through a program serving youth, youth helped craft the billboard design and message. They worked with local television and radio stations to develop PSAs. During the week, they held a Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness luncheon at which representatives from local criminal justice and victim service agencies spoke. Individuals who have made a difference in the lives of crime victims were also honored. They updated their agency brochure and created banners that were used to promote NCVRW.
North Carolina Victim Assistance Network, Raleigh: The North Carolina Victim Assistance Network and the Victim Services Interagency Council of North Carolina held a candlelight vigil on a local college campus. A reception was held before the vigil where guests had the opportunity to learn about local resources and view a "Faces of Crime Victims" collage. The vigil included speeches, a slideshow of a photo collage, a flower ceremony and lighting of candles. The video included in the Resource Guide was shown. PSAs, flyers, billboards, listservs, posters and invitations were used to promote the event. They made a special outreach effort to minority, underserved, and immigrant populations.
North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Victim Service Program, Bismarck: The Victim Service Program of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation held candlelight vigils in two communities across North Dakota. Victims who are registered with the Department were invited to attend. The general public was also invited to attend the events through flyers and posters disseminated throughout the areas. They disseminated a press release to help raise awareness of the events.
Hocking County Prosecutor's Office, Victim Assistance, Logan: The Hocking County Prosecutor's Office Victim Assistance program hosted a community event in a local park. The event included criminal justice officials, service providers, school children and community members. Balloons and ribbons in this year’s colors were on display at the event. They promoted the event, NCVRW and local services through the use of three billboards, newspaper ads, restaurant placemats, pizza box flyers, and posters. Flyers were also disseminated through local libraries, flea market, health department, doctor’s offices, senior apartment complex, drug stores and restaurants. They also contacted local churches about placing announcements in their bulletins.
Ohio Attorney General Crime Victims Assistance and Prevention, Columbus: The Ohio Attorney General’s Crime Victims Assistance and Prevention Section provided 6 mini grants to support public awareness efforts around the state. The American Red Cross, Stark County Chapter, Rape Crisis Center held recognition/dedication ceremonies in three cities in Stark County. The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center partnered with the Domestic Violence Center of Greater Cleveland and the St. Martin DePores High School to host a “Take Back the Night” rally. The Hocking County Prosecutor’s Crime Victim Witness Program created a “Peace” flower garden. UCanSpeakForMe sponsored a crime victim summit and award ceremony and a balloon vigil in a public square. The Union County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a public awareness campaign to raise awareness about NCVRW. The campaign included a kick-off event; billboard and posters displayed in the community; information on their website; and outgoing mail during April was stamped with “Victims of Crime Week April 10-16.” Finally, the Victims Services Program – Behavioral Connections of Wood County held a community memorial service to honor those who have died as a result of domestic violence-related homicide.
Logan Community Services, Inc., Guthrie: Logan Community Services is a non-profit agency that works with criminal justice officials, victim service providers, and other community agencies to provide mental health, court support, and resource development for all crime victims. LCS worked with the Logan County Partnership (a coalition of citizens and service providers) to host four events for NCVRW. The first event was the signing of a proclamation by the mayor to kick-off the week. The next event was a community forum on victimization and trauma. At the end of the forum, there was a call to create a task force to develop an instrument to evaluate the response to crime victims and the available services. The third event was the installation of a “my Teddy Bear” sculpture at the City Hall and Police Department to honor the commitment to protecting children from crime. The final effort involved creating and displaying banners with the NCVRW logo and LCS’s contact information.
CASA of Lake County, Paisley: The CASA of Lake County undertook seven different public awareness activities in support of NCVRW. Large banners reflecting the NCVRW theme were strategically placed in high traffic areas. Collaborating with a local domestic violence program, CASA disseminated informational brochures throughout the county. Ribbons and business size magnetic cards were distributed to businesses for further dissemination to the community. The magnetic cards included local resource information. CASA worked to place articles in two local newspapers along with a public service announcements airing on the radio station. Finally, posters were displayed in the county.
Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victims' Services Division, Salem: The Crime Victims' Services Division worked with other crime victim service organizations to host a commemorative ceremony at Willamette University. Using the NCVRW theme, individuals who have demonstrated a long time commitment to serving crime victims and new providers who are leading the field with innovative ideas were honored. Victims who have worked on the passage of the constitutional amendment and other legislative initiatives were asked to speak and were also honored. The new Department of Justice website was unveiled at the ceremony. The Division also promoted the week through the dissemination of 500 “green” tote bags; 200 Native Women color posters in English and Spanish, 250 LGBQ color posters in English and Spanish; 2,000 post-it notes with the theme and logo; and 1,000 event sticker.
Network of Victim Assistance, Jamison: The Network of Victim Assistance provides comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes. The Network used radio and cable ads to promote NCVRW. Daily and weekly newspapers ran ads promoting the week and the Network’s services. The Network hosted displays at the three Bucks County Community College campuses. Students were able to pick up information about the Network’s services. The movie, “Out in the Silence,” was screened on BCCC’s main campus to raise awareness about the difficulties GLBT individuals face in rural and small towns.
Years of Tears Organization, Reading: Years of Tears provides services to all victims of violent crime and their families as well as financial incentives for witnesses or people with information about a crime to contact law enforcement officials. Years of Tears held three events to promote NCVRW. They held two assemblies with middle school students with speakers discussing their experiences as crime victims. They provided information about where the children could turn to for help and presented each child with a bracelet with the theme “Reshaping the Future.” They encouraged the students to start a chain reaction of kindness by doing random acts of kindness. A vigil was held in a local park and included the dedication of two park benches and a flower garden in honor of crime victims. A 1.5 mile walk and information fair was held at the end of NCVRW. The information fair included booths staffed by local victim service providers, churches, and other community organizations. Balloons were released at the end of the event. Billboards and posters were used to promote the event and NCVRW.
YWCA York, York: The YWCA provides services to child and adult victims of violent crime, sexual assault and abuse. The YWCA held three events to promote NCVRW. A “Victims Services Community Day” brought together representatives of local victim service agencies to provide information about their services. The YWCA joined other agencies in an annual march and vigil. The final event was an educational program presented by a youth-led performance group that focused on alternatives to violence. Information about available services was provided to attendees.
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Warwick: The Coalition and its partners hosted a “Victims’ Memorial Garden” event in downtown Providence at which the Attorney General, city and state officials spoke and victims were honored. They helped promote the statewide Helpline number by distributing water bottles with the number imprinted on them. The Coalition also created a radio spot in Spanish to promote the statewide Helpline number. The Coalition brought together Latino/Latina community members in a focus group setting to help guide the development of the radio spot.
South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, Columbia: The Department observed NCVRW by hosting an open house and information fair. The fair focused on available services, especially how the parole, probation and pardon processes work. Representatives from victim service agencies provided information about their services. Staff from the Department’s Office of Victim Services and its Finance Office provided information about their services and explained how restitution is processed. Posters and flyers promoting the event were displayed throughout the state at the Department’s 51 offices. The materials were made available in English and Spanish.
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Sioux Falls: Lutheran Social Services provides services to all crime victims in South Dakota. LSS focused its NCVRW public awareness efforts in the northeastern part of the state. Due to the rural nature of the area, LSS conducted a media campaign. A 30-second PSA was created and aired 318 times on local radio stations. Ads were placed in 15 daily and weekly newspapers that are available in every county in the targeted region. LSS worked with churches to disseminate posters, brochures and pocket cards in the area. The printed materials directed individuals to a toll-free number for victim services.
You Have The Power, Nashville: You Have the Power collaborated with other agencies in the state to hold 12 tree planting ceremonies and awards presentations. The trees were planted to honor crime victims with a living symbol and the awards were given to victim service providers for their dedication. They also worked with local community corrections agencies to provide activities that allowed for offenders to make amends. The activities included volunteering at a local food bank, building a bench for a memorial garden and preparing the grounds for a tree planting ceremony. They held victim impact panels and public awareness events in Knoxville and Nashville. They also hosted a screening of “Heaven’s Rain” a movie about the murder of a family.
The Coalition Against Domestic and Community Violence of Greater Chattanooga, Inc., Chattanooga: The Coalition hosted a luncheon honoring survivors at which a keynote speaker talked about her sister, a police dispatcher, who was killed by her police officer husband. Displays of the Clothesline and Silent Witness Projects were set-up in a reception area, along with information on local services. The Coalition also produced a 15-minute film, “What Victims’ Rights Mean to Me,” featuring two survivors. The film will be used by local agencies to train professionals about victims’ needs. An extensive media campaign was launched 3 weeks prior to the event. The campaign included radio PSAs, billboards, posters, newspaper articles and appearances on television and talk radio.
Houston Police Department Victim Services Unit, Houston: The Victim Services Unit disseminated informational materials to the public and hosted a reception/open house at the Department. Posters and flyers promoting NCVRW and the Victim Services Unit event were disseminated. Bookmarks with the NCVRW information and the Unit’s contact information were provided to libraries throughout the city for dissemination to the library patrons. The reception and open house were held at the Houston Police Department’s Museum. A guest speaker addressed victims’ rights and other crime victim rights-related topics. In a private ceremony, a unit within the department was recognized for the services they’ve provided to crime victims and their families. The Unit created a display about the development of crime victim legislation that was used at community events during the week and will be used throughout the year.
Terry County Attorney's Office, Brownfield: The Terry County Attorney’s Office held its 6th Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness Hamburger/Sausage Wrap Luncheon to honor surviving crime victims and their families. The program included speeches by local and state dignitaries, as well as crime victims. To help promote the week, the County Attorney’s Office created t-shirts for staff, survivors, and local merchants to wear during the week. Earlier in the day, an assembly on dating violence was held at the local high school. Flyers about the luncheon and dating violence were distributed to the students.
Williamson County Attorney's Office, Georgetown: The Williamson County Attorney’s Offices held two public events. The first was a ceremony to induct eight service providers into the “Crime Victim Advocate Hall of Fame.” The other event was a “Community Awareness Evening” held in a central location in the downtown area and provided a venue for the public to meet local officials while advocates disseminated brochures and informational materials. Yard signs were placed throughout the county to promote the week and events.
Vermont Department of Corrections Victim Services Program, Waterbury: The Department of Corrections Victim Services Program took their “Saving a Place at the Table” exhibit around the state during the week. The exhibit consists of a dining room table set with place settings representing different types of crime victimizations. The place settings are donated by a victim/survivor or their surviving family member and are designed to be a visual reminder about the impact of crime. The Victim Services Program added five more settings to the display, bringing the total to 23. The display was moved around the state in consultation with local service providers. Venues included malls, courthouses, and every state prison facility.
Augusta County Victim-Witness Assistance Program, Staunton: The Augusta County Victim-Witness Program conducted a three tiered public awareness campaign which culminated in a candlelight vigil. The first tier of the campaign involved distributing 12,000 color bookmarks. The second effort was the distribution of resource flyers in local churches’ bulletins, the local food bank, and in grocery bags at the local grocery stores. The campaign also included PSAs on local radio stations, as well as interviews on the local radio and television stations. At the end of the week, the candlelight vigil was held at the Circuit Courthouse.
Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Victim/Witness Assistance Program, Norfolk: The Victim/Witness Assistance Program held an event in conjunction with the City of Norfolk’s “Celebrate Trees” program. The event began with a proclamation declaring NCVRW week in the city. A dogwood tree was planted in honor of juvenile and adult crime victims and surviving family members. To further raise awareness about crime victims’ experiences, 10 “Silent Witness” silhouettes were displayed. Ads were placed in local newspapers and with local radio stations to publicize the event. A digital billboard was also used to promote the event.
he Collins Center, Harrisonburg: The Collins Center is a non-profit organization that provides services to victims of sexual assault and child abuse. The Center educated the community about crime victims’ rights and services through a public event demonstrating that crime victims come from all walks of life. “Feats of Feet” was created by taking photographs of crime victims’ bare feet which were laminated and displayed throughout the community. The NCVRW theme and a website address appeared on each photograph. The Center created a website specifically for NCVRW that provided information on victims’ rights and services. Victims also had the option to share their stories on the website. They promoted the event/website through newspaper and television ads.
Williamsburg/James City County Victim-Witness Assistance Program, Williamsburg: The Williamsburg/James City County Victim-Witness Assistance program reached the general public, including underrepresented, limited and non-English speaking communities through four events: a community awareness art contest; award ceremony; a crime victims’ memorial tree planting; and a crime awareness and prevention resource fair. For the art contest, adults were asked to focus on “honoring the past” and youth were asked to focus on “reshaping the future.” The “Law Enforcement Advocate of the Year” award ceremony opened the week with presentations to the police department and sheriffs’ office. The tree planting ceremony was held on the grounds of an historic building. A tree was planted in honor of past crime victims. The resource fair brought together community organizations that provide services to crime victims and work on preventing crime in the community. It also included free shredding of materials. Information from 23 different organizations was made available to participants. The adult and youth winner from the art contest was announced. The events and NCVRW were promoted through newspaper ads, a public information channel, flyers, and Facebook.
Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates, Tumwater: The Coalition produced car magnets and window clings to raise awareness about NCVRW and available services. The Coalition designed bumper stickers and car magnets and asked the public to vote on their favorite. They disseminated 2500 car magnets, 7500 bumper stickers and 1000 awareness ribbons to more than 70 organizations throughout the state. To further promote NVCRW and victims’ rights, they created a Facebook page and posted ad on their own website.
YWCA Wheeling Family Violence Prevention Program, Wheeling: The Family Violence Prevention Program focused their public awareness efforts on educating youth about dating violence. Presentations by a nationally known women’s rights activist were be made to high school and college students and the community. During the presentations, participants had the opportunity to pick-up materials about local services. The events were promoted through billboards, flyers, and posters distributed in the community and on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University.
Dane County District Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Unit, Madison: The Victim/Witness Unit collaborated with the Sensitive Crimes Commission of the Dane County Board to raise the public’s awareness of victims’ rights. A press conference was held to announce the media campaign, support NCVRW, and address the importance of victims’ rights. The public awareness campaign included the display of 10 billboards, 10 bus tail and 25 bus interior ads.
Wood County Victim Witness Services, Wisconsin Rapids: The Victim Witness Services program displayed street banners promoting victims’ rights. A recognition ceremony was held honoring those individuals who brought victims services to the county. During the ceremony, the district attorney who established the Victim Witness program, the county board chair, and others were honored for their efforts on behalf of crime victims. The ceremony remembered the homicide victims from 1984 when the program was started. Survivors of those homicide victims were presented with a yellow carnation tied with a teal ribbon. A local judge was asked to read the names of homicide victims and as each name is read, a bell tolled. During the week, the interior walls of the courthouse were decorated with various colored shapes representing the crimes committed over the past year. The Victim Witness program also disseminated flyers about NCVRW and local resources at the local child abuse prevention walk/run.
Safehouse Sexual Assault Services, Inc., Cheyenne: Safehouse provided several community presentations and one event to promote NCVRW and local services. Prior to NCVRW, Safehouse invited past and current victims to create a scrapbook page about their experience. Their pages were combined into one scrapbook that was unveiled at a ceremony later in the week. The event was held in the Courthouse Atrium and included remarks by the district attorney and two victims who shared their stories. Throughout the week, Safehouse made presentations at local schools and community groups to raise awareness about crime victimization and local services. The also hosted an information booth at a local mall. The events were promoted through four billboards on the most travel street in the community. Local churches were asked to include flyers promoting the events in their bulletins and announce the events during services. Safehouse concluded the week with a breakfast for local victim advocates.