2012 Community Awareness Projects

Extending the Vision:
Reaching Every Victim

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Victim Services of Cullman, Inc., Cullman: Victim Services of Cullman, Inc. provides shelter, crisis intervention, and information and referral services to citizens in Cullman/Marshall/Winston counties. Victim Services organized a "Voices of Youth for Crime Victims' Rights" media campaign. The campaign involved public service announcements, press releases, posters and flyers. They used radio and television stations, educational institutions and local businesses to promote their project. A poster/essay contest was held for 6-8th and 9-12th graders using the NCVRW theme. The top 20 students from each age group were selected to display their work at a local business.


Homicide Survivors, Inc., Tucson: Homicide Survivors, Inc. is a non-profit victim assistance organization dedicated to meeting the crisis and long-term needs of families of murder victims. They held a public forum to focus attention on victims' rights and services for those in unhealthy relationships and a candlelight vigil. They also conducted two presentations about dating violence at local high schools. Printed materials about upcoming events, victims' rights and available services were disseminated. A PSA promoting victims' rights was shown multiple times at a local movie theater.

Victim Services Division of the Navajo County Attorney's Office, Holbrook: Victim Services Division of the Navajo County Attorney's Office held the 3rd Annual Victims' Rights Symposium that included two keynote speakers, an awards luncheon, a victim/survivor panel, and an information exchange area staffed by local victim service organizations. Awards were presented to local students who participated in a poster and video contest. Attendees included the general public, first responders, non- profit agencies and public entities. Attendees received gift bags containing written materials, lapel pins, and bracelets.

Arizona Attorney General's Office, Phoenix: Arizona Attorney General's Office partnered with the Governor's Office, the Department of Corrections, and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to hold a kick-off event at the Arizona State Capitol that was open to crime victims, victim service organization representatives, victim advocates, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, legislators, and the public. The event included a presentation of awards, speeches, music and a proclamation signing. It also included a display of victims' artwork entitled "For Our Eyes-Community Cohesion: Bond, Bridges, and Barriers."


Crime Victims Assistance Association of Arkansas, Little Rock: Crime Victims Assistance Association of Arkansas partnered with Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. on an opening and remembrance ceremony which included speeches by local dignitaries and a survivor of homicide. A Recognition and Victims' Rights Forum was held in central Arkansas and included awards presented to individuals, agencies and victims who exemplified dedication to victim's rights. Both events were advertised to the general public and victims' rights organizations. Attendees were given NCVRW ribbon cards.

Healing Place Ministries, Pine Bluff: Healing Place Ministries held two memorial services to add the names of homicide victims to its memorial wall. They also staffed an information table at the courthouse where they distributed information about victims' rights and services. They distributed printed materials and tote bags with buttons, magnets, key chains and pens. The events were promoted through television, radio and newspaper ads.


Sonoma County District Attorney, Santa Rosa: Sonoma County District Attorney's Office conducted several activities to promote NCVRW. They hosted a "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" march which finished at the Family Justice Center. As the march concluded, participants were invited to presentations by local dignitaries and crime victims representing domestic violence, child sexual assault/abuse and elder abuse were honored. Participants received plastic shopping bags, whistles, magnets and bookmarks. Proclamations were presented to the County Board of Supervisors and various city councils. Public service announcements aired on local radio stations and flyers, brochures, and print ads were strategically placed around the County.

Riverside County District Attorney's Office, Riverside: Riverside County District Attorney's Office hosted a series of candlelight vigils and a "Victim's Walk/Run for Justice" to commemorate NCVRW. The candlelight vigils were held on three separate nights in three different communities in Riverside County. During the vigils, attendees held posters of their loved ones who are homicide victims. The walk/run began in a local park and ended on the steps of the historic Riverside Courthouse. Walk/run participants wore NCVRW t-shirts. Participants at all events received "Forget Me Not" seed packets and ribbons. At the final candlelight vigil, participants were invited to view the new names added to the Memorial Wall.

Silicon Valley FACES, San Jose: Silicon Valley FACES is a non-profit agency providing services to all crime victims. FACES brought information about crime victimization to the general public during a lunchtime event in a downtown public square. They partnered with local restaurants to provide discounted lunch rates for participants. The event included presentations by crime victims/survivors, public officials, and a self-defense demonstration. Local victim service organizations were invited to provide information on victims' rights and resources. They created T- shirts with "2012 NCVRW" and the dates of the week on them that were given to the staff, volunteers, public officials and the public.


Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, Victim Assistance Program, Centennial: Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, Victim Assistance Program held a resource fair NCVRW. For the fourth year, they hosted a poster contest for youth in local high schools which was expanded this year to include charter schools, private schools and youth groups. Everyone attending the resource fair was given tote bags containing travel coffee mugs, mini notebook, pens and baseball hat all imprinted with the NCVRW theme and logo. The Sheriff's Office also launched a flag campaign throughout the community by recruiting community members, advocates, allied professionals and businesses to display small flags to raise awareness of crime victims' rights week.

Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Denver: Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance created a short film to be used to raise awareness of the needs and rights of crime victims in Colorado. Through their existing contacts with victims/survivors, they asked 4 people to be interviewed about their story and the rights and services offered to crime victims. They posted the film on their YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter accounts. The DVDs were disseminated at other NCVRW events attended by COVA staff.


Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force, Wilmington: Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force promoted NCVRW and Delaware events through the dissemination of posters to agencies, community programs, and public locations around the state. Announcements were inserted into three newspapers and public service announcements were placed with radio stations. The 21st annual Victims' Tribute was held in Dover. After the Tribute, victims were able to network with service providers from around the state. NCVRW week bags, pens and USB drives containing materials in English and Spanish were provided to all participants.

District of Columbia

Reaching Out to Others Together, Inc., Washington: Reaching Out to Others Together, Inc. (ROOT) is a non-profit agency working to reduce gun, gang, and youth violence. ROOT held a one-day conference on Black victims of domestic, dating, gun, gang and other forms of violence, including children who witness violence. The conference was simulcast to 100 sites around the country. A recording of the conference was posted on their website and DVDs were disseminated to local organizations. Participants received crime victim awareness bracelets. ROOT collaborated with multiple agencies to promote the conference. The conference was promoted through radio interviews, flyers, and e-mail notifications.


19th Judicial Circuit Victims' Rights Coalition, Fort Pierce: 19th Judicial Circuit Victims' Rights Coalition held a resource fair and raised awareness about victims' rights. The Coalition used flyers and radio and print ads to publicize victims' rights and local events targeting specific populations through English, Spanish and Creole ads. A resource fair was held at a local park. Participants received t-shirts, water bottles and other promotional items.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Florida, Tallahassee: Mothers Against Drunk Driving Florida placed ads in six movie theaters in the largest cities in the state. The ads ran for two weeks and were placed in movie theaters with the highest attendance and in areas where alcohol-related injuries and fatalities were the most concentrated. The 15-second public service announcement highlighted national crime statistics and victims/survivors of drunk driving. The PSA also played in the lobby of each theater on a continuous loop.


Cherokee County Domestic Violence Task Force, Canton: Cherokee County Domestic Violence Task Force held a series of events for NCVRW. An art poster campaign for children was coordinated with the local school system and community arts program. The posters were on display in the courthouse. They conducted Roll Call trainings and distributed domestic violence toolkits and victim informational pocket cards to all officers. They provided a similar training to the Department of Family and Children Services staff. Attendees also received a toolkit. They also held a victim impact panel featuring local dignitaries and survivors. Promotional materials promoting the events, victims' rights and a resource directory were developed and disseminated.

Appalachian Judicial Circuit Office of the District Attorney - VWAP Program, Ellijay: Appalachian Judicial Circuit, Office of the District Attorney, Victim-Witness Assistance Program reached the entire population of their judicial circuit through a 30-minute documentary. The documentary included information about the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights and included messages from the Chief Superior Court Judge and District Attorney about NCVRW. Messages from victim service providers explained their role and the services they offer to crime victims. They also hosted a community awareness event featuring a nationally recognized speaker and information booths staffed by local victim service organizations. The event was publicized through newspaper ads.

Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Atlanta: Partnership Against Domestic Violence conducted a billboard and mass transit awareness campaign about NCVRW and domestic violence.

YWCA of Northwest Georgia, Marietta: YWCA of Northwest Georgia produced a five-minute video and 60-second public service announcement to promote victims' rights week and crime victimization. The video aired on the local government channel. The video and PSA was placed on the YWCA's Facebook page. The PSA was used by the YWCA and District Attorney's Office during community presentations. The YWCA also distributed a victim resource brochure containing information on local services, including phone numbers and websites, and safety whistles imprinted with crisis service phone numbers.


Guam Office of the Attorney General, Hagatna: Guam Office of the Attorney General raised awareness through two ceremonies, a public display, and radio talk show. The first ceremony included a proclamation signing by the Governor. The other ceremony was a public commemoration event to provide the community with information about crime victim services and a memorial for victims of violent crime. They posted posters, banners, and billboards in public spaces and along main roads to raise awareness about NCVRW. The Attorney General participated in a radio talk show discussion on victims' rights. Participants at the events received a tote bag with promotional items, including a pen, victim services brochures and a victims' rights pamphlet. The materials were also disseminated in various locations during the week.


Neighborhood Place of Puna, Pahoa: The Neighborhood Place of Puna collaborated with approximately 25 community agencies to conduct a resource fair and community event to promote healthy family interaction, including a sign waving event along a roadside to encourage motorists to honk and wave if they are against victimization. A local missing child center provided child photos and ID kits to parents in case their child is abducted. Reusable grocery bags containing pens were provided to participants and distributed to local agencies.


Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, Boise: Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence conducted a statewide general awareness campaign on crime victims' rights incorporating the NCVRW's theme and materials on "Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim". The statewide public awareness campaign included advertising in a local newspaper and distribution of crime victims' rights toolkit to the coalition programs and organizational members, including opinion pieces and posters. NCVRW posters and event materials were distributed to a statewide database of more than 1,000 members and contacts, including law enforcement, courthouses, prosecutors, and community based victim service organizations.


YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Patterson and McDaniel Family Center, Glendale Heights: YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Patterson and McDaniel Family Center reached victims who may not report, victims who are unaware of available local victim services, and family members who have lost loved ones to violence. They held a presentation by a father whose daughter was murdered by her ex- boyfriend. They distributed posters, bookmarks, lapel pins, and NCVRW pens throughout the community.

Illinois Victim Assistance Network (IVAN), Springfield: Illinois Victim Assistance Network hosted a rally with victims sharing their stories and illustrating how the each crime victims' right impacts individuals throughout the criminal justice system. The rally was held near the Memorial Peace Garden. Attendees were given small river rocks to personalize with their loved ones name. They could take the memorial rocks with them or leave them as a part of the garden. They also produced several promotional items for distribution to local businesses. A poster promoting victims' rights was created. Ribbon cards, Forget Me Not seed packets, and bookmarks were disseminated to raise public awareness. Two billboards were erected in high traffic areas with information on NCVRW and victims' rights.

Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Chicago: Cook County State's Attorney's Office made presentations throughout the community to schools, community and faith-based organizations. The presentation included a public service announcement and PowerPoint presentation about victims' rights and services. The PSA, which included crime victims telling their stories and information on victim's rights and NCVRW, was shown on local television stations. NCVRW posters were disseminated at the courthouse and Community Justice Centers. They also placed ads inside mass transit trains.


Marion Mayor's Commission Against Domestic Violence, Marion: Marion Mayor's Commission Against Domestic Violence created a Clothesline Project that represented all crime victims. They assigned a color for each type of crime and ask victims of those crimes to decorate a T-shirt. The Clothesline Project kicked off with a press conference at City Hall. The T-shirts were displayed at City Hall, public libraries, a local hospital, and local mall through late April and early June. They also used newspaper and radio ads and billboards to help raise awareness.

Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office Victim Assistance Program, Evansville: Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office Victim Assistance Program held an awareness ceremony at the Civic Center. The mayor proclaimed the week NCVRW. The ceremony included speeches by crime victims and service providers and concluded with a balloon release. They also staffed information tables in the county courts building were they resource bags, mouse pads and pens. The events were publicized via radio and television ads and electronic billboards.


Riverview Center, Dubuque: Riverview Center raised awareness of NCVRW and local service providers through ads in four newspapers. They also produced and disseminated 2,500 wallet-size cards that list contact information for services in the five counties in Iowa and two Illinois counties they serve. They worked with local businesses to distribute the cards in the areas they serve.

Iowa Attorney General's Crime Victim Assistance Division, Des Moines: Iowa Attorney General's Crime Victim Assistance Division placed public service announcements in the major newspapers distributed throughout the state. They also purchased English and Spanish ads on Facebook about victims' rights and local services. They used kiosks at a local mall to distribute information about local services and pens and water bottles imprinted with NCVRW artwork and their contact information. They also provided 2000 informational postcards to a local caterer who included them in lunch bags for their clients.


Johnson County District Attorney's Office, Olathe: Johnson County District Attorney's Office hosted an art show and reception to promote NCVRW. The show was held in an art gallery and was made up entirely of art created by crime victims and service providers. During the reception, a representative from a local art therapy association discussed recovery from victimization through art. Brochures, bookmarks and posters were disseminated in the community. Brochures and bookmarks in Spanish were distributed to Hispanic social service agencies. They hosted an awareness fair in the County courthouse with other public and community agencies. Other activities included hanging a banner at the courthouse and a proclamation signing.


Community Harvest, Opelousas: Community Harvest conducted several activities in support of NCVRW. Over several days, survivors delivered balloon/ribbon bouquets to victim service agencies. They distributed NCVRW information packets containing materials on crime victimization, victims' rights and services to churches, social service agencies, libraries, schools and community agencies. The week culminated with a community forum where victims and survivors shared their stories. The forum included a remembrance ceremony for victims of crime and recognition ceremony for victim service providers. They distributed colored flyers throughout the community to promote the community forum.


Maine Department of Corrections Office of Victim Services, Augusta: Office of Victim Services, Maine Department of Corrections partnered with the Maine chapter of Parents of Murdered Children (POMC) and the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault to raise awareness about crime victims' rights. They placed online ads in local newspapers. A brochure detailing crime victims' rights was developed and disseminated to service providers for distributed to their clients. Posters were disseminated to prosecutor's offices and domestic violence and sexual assault programs throughout the state. The prosecutors were also supplied with business cards promoting crime victims' rights and services for distribution to local law enforcement agencies. The written materials were also disseminated during an event hosted by the POMC chapter.


Division of Parole and Probation, Office of Victim Services, Baltimore: Division of Parole and Probation, Office of Victim Services staff hosted three open houses at their offices around the state. Victims and community members were able to talk with staff about their services. They created NCVRW stickers and English/Spanish language booklets/brochures on victims' rights and services. The materials were provided to all open house attendees. The staff also participated in other community events during the week and continued to disseminate their materials.


Midland County Child Protection Council, Midland: Midland County Child Protection Council partnered with the Multi-Disciplinary Team members to create a four-page, full color informational publication (a "Wrap") which was inserted into the Sunday newspaper. Overrun inserts were provided to the team members for distribution through their agencies, as well as to local businesses. They also produced and distributed NCVRW magnets with the number for reporting child abuse.

Dial Help, Inc., Houghton: Dial Help held a community event at a local university. Speakers included local officials, crime victims, law enforcement officials, victim advocates, and human service professionals. Attendees then participated in a "Take Back the Night" walk across campus. A candlelight vigil was held at the conclusion of the walk. In lieu of candles, participants received flashlights imprinted with Dial Help's crisis number. The event was promoted through newspaper ads and radio public services announcements, interviews, and strategically placed banners.

Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan, Petoskey: Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan collaborated with the Prosecutor's Office to conduct a public awareness campaign in a five-county rural area of the Northern lower area of the state. The campaign focused on raising awareness of NCVRW and victims' rights and services using newspaper ads in paid and free publications within the five counties.


Sherburne County Victim Services, Elk River: Sherburne County Victim Services/Tri-County Victims' Rights Committee held a resource fair for youth in a community center. The fair included resource tables, presentations, and activities. Workshop presentations addressed healthy relationships, safety tips, self-defense, and drinking. They contacted church groups, schools, and community organizations to help with the event and promote their organizations to the attendees. Each attendee was given key chains, bracelets, and a NCVRW themed bag to hold all of the materials provided at the fair. They promoted the activity through billboards, banners, and radio ads.

Mid-Minnesota Women's Center, Inc., Brainerd: Mid-Minnesota Women's Center, Inc. collaborated with other service providers to launch an awareness campaign about crime victimization. They used newspaper flyers and a billboard to promote events and victims' rights and services information. They hosted a series of awareness events throughout the community. One event focused on child safety and included fingerprinting services and DNA kits for families. Another event encouraged the community to donate clothing and household items for dissemination to local agencies. At a third event tree seedlings were given away to individuals who wanted to plant the seedling in honor, or memory, of a crime victim. They distributed cards to local clinics and agencies that provide victims with law enforcement and victim services information. Participants at all events received mugs, water bottles, can cozies, and pens.


Child Abuse Prevention Center, Gulfport: Child Abuse Prevention Center held a candlelight vigil and recognition ceremony to promote NCVRW and local victim services. Community agencies staffed information tables and awards were presented to individuals for their services to crime victims. They used social media, posters, billboards and invitations to promote the events and NCVRW. Attendees were given pens, ribbons, and tote bags imprinted with the NCVRW logo and colors.


VictimNet, Independence: VictimNet is a coalition of service providers working to meet the needs of crime victims and their families. They held a public awareness event in downtown Kansas City during the lunch hour. The event was held at the KC Live Stage which is located in a high pedestrian traffic area during lunchtime. The event included remarks by local and federal officials, as well as crime victims. An award was presented to the individual or organization for outstanding work protecting children from exploitation. Local organizations were on hand to staff resource tables. The event concluded with a memorial walk through the downtown area. They promoted the event through "Save the Date" bookmarks which were distributed in the community.

Crime Victim Advocacy Center of St. Louis, St. Louis: Crime Victim Advocacy Center of St. Louis collaborated with local organizations as a part of the St. Louis Area NCVRW Kick-off event. They held an art contest/exhibit for crime victims and members of the public. Sixteen entries were selected to be included in the display. All winners and participants received a glass plaque to acknowledge their participation. The exhibit was held in a community cultural center and was on display until early May. They created a booklet of the artists' biographies, examples of the winning artwork, and artwork that is received, but not on display. They promoted the event through newspaper ads and on their website.


Montana Board of Crime Control, Helena: Montana Board of Crime Control held information fairs in three communities around the state. Each event included remarks by criminal justice and victim service professionals. The mayor of each community signed a NCVRW proclamation and read it at the respective event. They also held a candlelight vigil in Helena. Participants at each event received resource directories and a commemorative flashlight. The events were promoted through newspaper ads.


City of Beatrice - Gage County Victim Assistance Program, Beatrice: City of Beatrice – Gage County Victim Assistance Program promoted NCVRW by erecting two billboards in the county. The billboards were placed along two major highways for two months. They distributed posters and resource bags containing brochures, pens, post-it note pads, and business cards, to victim service agencies and libraries. They also disseminated the materials at a community health fair.


Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services, Winnemucca: Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services promoted NCVRW through newspaper ads, billboards, radio public service announcements and interviews. Brochures, flyers and business cards were created and disseminated. NCVRW coffee sleeves were disseminated through a local coffee shop. They made presentations about NCVRW at the local elementary school for teachers and students. Participants were asked to write down their hopes for change in the community. These messages were given to local victim service providers. The kids also released balloons. The final event was a public awareness event in the park.

New Mexico

Administrative Office of the District Attorneys, Albuquerque: Administrative Office of the District Attorney was distributed tear pads throughout the state to provide emergency contact numbers, victims' rights information, and community resources for all crime victims. The pads were displayed in stores, restaurants, hotels, gas stations, public park restrooms, bars, public rest areas, school/universities, churches and other high traffic areas.

New York

Crime Victims Assistance Center, Inc., Binghamton: In early April, the Crime Victims Assistance Center, Inc. erected four mini section of the homicide memorial wall in prominent locations in the county to promote the wall and NCVRW. The full wall was erected in a local mall for NCVRW and the remainder of April. They also held an annual victims' rights award event and a survivor's vigil and balloon release. NCVRW magnets and bookmarks were also disseminated.

The Retreat, Inc., East Hampton: The Retreat, Inc. provides services to victims of domestic violence, stalking, dating violence, and sexual abuse. They conducted a media campaign using the message "Know Your Rights." They personalized the NCVRW 15- 30- and 60-second radio spots for airing on three radio stations. Half to full page newspaper ads in English and Spanish were run in three newspapers. The messages targeted victims of multiple crimes with a focus on domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. Each message included information about NCVRW and The Retreat's contact information.

The Korean American Family Service Center, Flushing: The Korean American Family Service Center reached out to 16 Korean food restaurants by distributing 100,000 English/Korean language placemats with information on victims' rights and services. They also provided the restaurants with 5,000 postcards for display in the women's restroom to provide information on available victim services.

Brooklyn Chinese-American Association, Brooklyn: Brooklyn Chinese-American Association hosted events in the major Asian communities in New York City. They conducted a series of workshops on crime victims' rights and services in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Speakers were drawn from the community, local law enforcement, and survivors of crime. They also hosted a Family Day event in southern Brooklyn targeting the underserved Asian-American community that included guest speakers, crime victims' rights trivia games, and outreach activities. They distributed balloons, t-shirts, brochures and information cards at the events.

The New York Crime Victims' Assistance Task Force, Saratoga Springs: New York Crime Victims' Assistance Task Force produced a video of the annual statewide Brick Ceremony held in Albany. Each year crime victims are remembered with a brick inscribed with their name in the New York State Crime Victim Memorial. They also created a movable display of the Memorial with 10 posters depicting the Ceremony and Memorial. Ceremony attendees received written information and promotional items, such as pens, bracelets, and hand sanitizer.

North Carolina

North Carolina Victim Assistance Network (NCVAN), Raleigh: North Carolina Victim Assistance Network/Victim Services Interagency Council hosted a Crime Victims' Rights Ceremony for the public, crime victims/survivors, victim service providers and Council members. A collage of photos of homicide victims submitted by the attendees was on display. A table was set up to receive new photos for the collage. The ceremony included speakers, the NCVRW Theme DVD, a slideshow of photos of homicide victims, a flower ceremony, a musical presentation, and the candlelight vigil. A resource table was available for local agencies to provide copies of their materials. Some materials were available in Spanish. NCVRW ribbons were provided to attendees. They used digital billboards, in Spanish and English, and a web banner to address bullying.

North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Raleigh: North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault convened a Campus Summit for students, faculty and staff at over 50 colleges/universities across North Carolina. They used video conference technology to reach all the colleges/universities. The summit addressed campus sexual assault issues and victims' rights. The summit was open to the general public.

North Dakota

North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Bismarck: North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation hosted a candlelight vigil in two different communities in the state. Flyers and newspaper ads were used to promote the event. The event included crime victim/survivor speakers, music, the DOCR Honor Guard presenting colors, and a balloon release.


Victims Services of Behavioral Connections, Bowling Green: Victims Services of Behavioral Connections provides services to sexual assault and intimate partner violence victims. They held a "Survivors Art Show" for victims/survivors to express their feelings through art. They had a guest speaker this year to draw more attendees. A booklet containing a description of what the artwork means to the victim/survivor and information on local services was provided to attendees. They used newspaper ads, billboards and press releases to encourage victims/survivors to participate and to promote the event.

Hocking County Prosecutor's Office, Victim Assistance, Logan: Hocking County Prosecutor's Office Victim Assistance raised awareness about NCVRW and victims' rights through a series of promotional activities. They placed four billboards and three banners in high traffic areas around the community. Fifty yard signs with anti-bullying messages were placed around the County. Ads were placed in three newspapers and flyers were disseminated to businesses, libraries, doctors' offices, and community agencies. Grocery stores and pizza shops attached flyers and palm cards to grocery bags and pizza boxes.

Townhall II, Kent: Townhall II provides services to all crime victims. They placed silhouettes representing crime victims around the county in businesses, community buildings, schools, and other places. An awareness message accompanied each silhouette, as well as a corresponding ribbon and information about NCVRW. A contest was held for community members to locate a silhouette representing each victim issue. Ribbons cards representing different victim populations were disseminated in the county. The annual "Time to Talk" event focused on sexual assault and included speakers and awards. Participants received ribbon cards and bookmarks. Information sheets were disseminated to the community through a local pizza store. Newspaper ads were used to promote the activities.

Pike County Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Waverly: Pike County Partnership Against Domestic Violence hosted "Partnership in the Park" to raise awareness about victims' rights and services. Balloons with messages written by victims were used to decorate the site and given to children to take home. They also held a poster contest for 9th – 12th grade students. The winning poster will be displayed on a billboard for a year. Newspaper ads, flyers, and banners were used to promote the event.


Oklahoma District Attorneys Council, Oklahoma City: Oklahoma District Attorneys Council conducted a billboard design contest with a local school. The winning design was made into a billboard and put on display in two areas to promote NCVRW. They also hosted a Crime Victims' Rights Day at the Capitol. An evening event was held to show the film "Heaven's Rain."

Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma, Inc., Enid: Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma, Inc. collaborated with other agencies to host three events. A resource fair kicked-off the week with a focus on community safety and victims' rights and resources. The fair was held in conjunction with a community barbeque event which increased attendance. A candlelight vigil was held on the courthouse lawn. The final event was a victims' impact panel. The panel of victims spoke and then a speaker discussed the impact of crime on individuals and the community. Bags containing promotional items (bracelets, bubbles, suckers, and stickers) were disseminated at the resource fair. They promoted all of the events with posters and flyers.

District Attorney's Office District 18, McAlester: District Attorney's Office District 18 hosted a "Victims' Rights Day" in two communities. Both events included speeches by Assistant District Attorneys and crime victims/survivors. Balloons were released at the conclusion of one event. Attendees received NCVRW t-shirts, bracelets, and information about available services. The events were promoted through banners, and newspaper and radio ads.


National Crime Victim Law Institute, Portland: National Crime Victim Law Institute partnered with the Oregon Crime Victim Law Center, Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victim Services Division and the Sexual Assault Task Force to host a day-long awareness raising and practical skills event. The event included: presentations to the legal community on representing victims pursuing their rights; training advocates on how to assist victims in protecting their rights; information about available services; and survivor speaking out. In addition to the event, the partners distributed posters, reusable grocery bags and wristbands to district attorneys' offices, law enforcement agencies, victim service organizations, county juvenile departments, and courthouses throughout the state. They promoted NCVRW through "Save the Date" post card mailing and an ad in the statewide newspaper.


Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Inc., Erie: Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Inc. ran an advertising campaign to promote NCVRW and the impact crime has on a community and a NCVRW Rally at City Hall. The campaign included an electronic billboard, and radio, television and newspaper ads.

YWCA York, York: YWCA York created a yard sign campaign in York and Dauphin Counties for NCVRW. The yard signs promoted NCVRW and the message "Ending Violence Begins With Me." Information about local resources was listed on the back of the yard signs. The yard signs were displayed in residential areas, businesses, government offices and community agencies. The yard signs were also disseminated at other NCVRW activities. In addition to the yard signs, they distributed informational materials about legal advocacy, medical advocacy, trauma recovery, prevention and education. Age- appropriate educational booklets were also available, as well as post-it notes for adults.

Victim/Witness Assistance Program, Harrisburg: Victim/Witness Assistance Program ran a community-wide awareness campaign that included billboards, bus advertisements, and ads in movie theaters.

Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County, New Castle: Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County hosted an awareness fair to promote victims' rights which featured information booths and various activities. Community members were asked to submit stories of crime victims who have overcome obstacles. A "Reaching Every Victim Tree" was set up for community members and students to decorate hands to be placed on the tree. The events were promoted through flyers, billboards and newspaper and radio ads.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Warwick: Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence partnered with other organizations and government agencies to host a "Victims Memorial Grove" ceremony. The event included speeches by officials and survivors. The Coalition focused their outreach for the event to the Latina communities, as well as the public. They used radio ads to promote their helpline and website as a resource to the community. The presented the helpline volunteers with NCVRW shopping bags to recognize their efforts.

South Carolina

City of Anderson Police Department, Anderson: City of Anderson Police Department supported several events during the week. They hosted a proclamation press conference and butterfly release with the mayor, chief of police and other dignitaries. Other events held during the week included a book fair, self- defense training, and a community shred day. The book fair was held at the library and allowed attendees to check out or purchase books on crime victim-related topics. In addition to learning self-defense techniques, participants received information on personal safety and received keychain. The Shred Day allowed residents to have personal documents shredded for free. They also hosted a "Walk a Mile in her Shoes" event. They used billboard and newspaper ads to promote the week.

South Dakota

Working Against Violence, Inc., Rapid City: Working Against Violence, Inc. partnered with the Pennington County State's Attorney's Office, the Victim Assistance Program and the Sheriff's Office to host an event that included the Mayor proclaiming NCVRW, a keynote speaker, presentation of several awards, and a panel presentation by criminal justice and victim service professionals. Two digital billboards, two static billboards, and radio ads were used to promote NCVRW and the event.


Child Advocacy Center of Anderson County Tennessee, Inc., Clinton: Child Advocacy Center of Anderson County raised public awareness about crime victims' rights and issues, with a specific focus on youth. They sponsored a poster contest in local schools. The winning entries were made into posters and disseminated around the community. They held an open house at the Advocacy Center to raise awareness about a child victim's journey from initial referral to prosecution. They promoted NCVRW with a billboard and newspaper ads. Reusable bags containing Open House invitations were disseminated to parents with children in child care centers, churches and local events.


Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children, Waco: Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children hosted several community events in collaboration with other agencies. A celebration of victims' rights and candlelight vigil featured speeches, color guard, children's choir and a crime victims' wreath. Attendees received NCVRW T-shirts, bracelets and ribbons pins. A crime victims' rights pinwheel display was created with one pinwheel for each victim served in the community. NCVRW and contact information for local resources were promoted through the dissemination of flyers to local churches. Billboards and bus ads were used to promote NCVRW and the events.

The Women's Center of Tarrant County, Inc., Fort Worth: The Women's Center of Tarrant County, Inc. partnered with three other coalitions to "Plaster the Community" with information and resources for all crime victims. They used billboards and newspaper ad to promote the week and events. English and Spanish language posters and memo pads, and magnets were disseminated throughout the community. A memorial marker was placed on a tree planted on a local college campus. At the end of the week, they participated in a resource forum and tree dedication.

Cameron County District Attorney's Office Crime Victims Assistance Program, Brownsville: Cameron County District Attorney's Office Crime Victims Assistance Program collaborated with other victim assistance agencies to hold the 7th Annual Crime Victims Resource Expo. The Expo included speakers, proclamation presentation, victim/survivor stories, and a wreath ceremony. Attendees received t- shirts, water bottles, reusable bags, and hand sanitizer. NCVRW and the event were promoted through posters, banners, newspaper ads, and websites. Pens, bookmarks and ribbons were distributed to law enforcement agencies, libraries and county employees.


Middlesex County Victim Assistance Program, Saluda: Middlesex County Victim Witness Assistance Program raised awareness through a newspaper ad and an online banner. They disseminated bracelets, magnetic car ribbons and bumper stickers to churches, schools, businesses in the community and to attendees at other NCVRW events.


Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates, Tumwater: Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates held a competition to create a 30-second commercial about crime victims' rights and services available in the state. The winning commercial aired 134 times on a statewide cable station during NCVRW.

West Virginia

YWCA Wheeling Family Violence Prevention Program, Wheeling: YWCA Wheeling Family Violence Prevention Program coordinated with other agencies in displaying billboards with information on available services in three counties. They also made presentations at local high schools on teen dating violence. Students received a "Teen Power and Control Wheel" and a safety planning pocket brochure.


Bolton Refuge House, Inc., Eau Claire: Bolton Refuge House, Inc. promoted NCVRW in the three counties they serve by creating and distributing materials (newsletters, information cards,) about crime victimization in Spanish and larger print. Buttons and key chains were also disseminated. The materials were provided to schools, libraries, grocery stores, gas stations and other businesses. They used billboards and banners to promote the week. A display board raising awareness about victims' rights and needs was created and placed outside the three county Clerk of Court offices.

nic Foundation, Shawano: nic foundation, inc. promotes violence prevention in Northeastern Wisconsin. They partnered with businesses, community organizations, service agencies and schools in two counties on NCVRW events. They held an information fair and candle lighting ceremony to raise awareness about crime victim issues and NCVRW. The fair included information tables, keynote speakers, victim/survivor speeches, and the candle lighting. They created wishing dust/seeds with special messages about victim issues which were distributed to children and their families through storytelling events at libraries and schools. The event was promoted through flyers, posters, yard signs, brochures, and newspaper and radio ads.

Wisconsin Victim Witness Professionals, Waukesha: Wisconsin Victim Witness Professionals created an advertising campaign to promote NCVRW and victims' rights. They distributed banners, ribbon magnets and window clings to victim/witness coordinators during meetings around the state. Each coordinator worked with local law enforcement and victim advocates to display the magnets in squad cars, buildings, and at local NCVRW events. The banners were displayed in courthouses and police departments. The materials were also mailed to the Department of Corrections, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Parents of Murdered Children and the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Racine County Victim-Witness Assistance Program, Racine: Racine County Victim-Witness Assistance Program planned three events for NCVRW. They hosted a community presentation about property crime at a local church. They partnered with the Survivors of Murdered Loved Ones support group to host a candlelight vigil. A Speak up/Speak Out program was held at a local high school. Attendees at all of the events received a bag containing NCVRW pens, note pads and tree seedlings. They also disseminated placemats with information on victims' rights and resources to local restaurants.

Project Ujima-Children's Service Society of Wisconsin, Milwaukee: Project Ujima-Children's Service Society of Wisconsin created an art exhibit with input from youth in the community. The exhibit was displayed at the children's hospital, children's service society and at the community event and will continue to be displayed throughout the year. The community event raised awareness about violence and provided families with information on local resources. Bumper stickers, magnets and other promotional items were disseminated at the event.