2013 Community Awareness Projects

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Alabama

Baldwin County District Attorney's Office, Bay Minette: The Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office held a candlelight vigil and information resource fair in a waterfront park.  The event was promoted through news releases, social media and broadcast interviews.  They also held a video contest for high school and college students to create a one-minute PSA on victims’ rights issues.  The winning PSAs were highlighted during the candlelight vigil and the winners received plaques.  After the vigil, the winning PSAs were posted on the District Attorney’s website and the first place PSA was shown on a local TV station.

The Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention, Dothan: The Exchange Center created four digital billboards and six billboard rotary posters to raise awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and assault, and support for victim services.  The billboards were displayed in five counties.   
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Alaska

Victims for Justice, Anchorage: Victims for Justice serve victims of violent crime and survivors of homicide victims.  They partnered with other local victims’ rights organizations to hold two events - the annual Tree Ceremony and an Awards Ceremony.  They promoted the events through save the date cards, flyers, invitations, press releases and television and newspaper ads.
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Arizona

Against Abuse, Inc., Casa Grande: Against Abuse provides services to all victims of the effects of family dysfunction and/or violence, past or present.  Against Abuse partnered with the Casa Grande Prosecutor’s Office, Casa Grande Police Department, Pinal County Attorney’s Office, and the Pinal Hispanic Council to host two kick-off events, one in Casa Grande and one in Florence.  They placed eight benches in the Children’s Flower Garden at City Hall. The events were promoted with three banners placed throughout the community.  Ribbons, flyers, bookmarks, brochures, calendars, posters were disseminated throughout the week.  They also held a candlelight event in Casa Grande. 

Victim Services Division of the Navajo County Attorney's Office, Holbrook: The Victim Services Division hosted the 4th Annual Victims’ Rights Symposium for community members.  The Symposium included workshops and an awards and recognition event.  This year they added a Youth Symposium.  They provided four travel scholarships for Native American attendees to increase the number of victims from reservations who are able to attend the event. 
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Arkansas

Crime Victims Assistance Association of Arkansas, Little Rock: The Crime Victims Assistance Association hosted three events during NCVRW.  They partnered with the Central Arkansas Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children to kick-off the week with a memorial for survivors of homicide, including a balloon release to honor homicide victims.  A Recognition and Victims’ Rights Forum was held in central Arkansas.  An art contest for local high school students was held with the winning design printed on t-shirts that were given to attendees. Awards were presented to individuals, agencies, and victims that have exemplified a dedication to victims’ rights.  The final event was a Candlelight Vigil for Victims.  Attendees received commemorative flashlights in lieu of candles.
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California

Yolo County District Attorney's Office Victim Services Program, Woodland: The Victim Services Program held the 7th Annual Victim Recognition Ceremony to honor crime victims.  They hosted their first victim services community fair with other local service providers.  Their staff participated in the March to the Capitol event in support crime victims’ rights.  They also participated in a large community fair in the Hispanic community to disseminate information about victims’ rights and services.  They advertised the events through press releases and local newspaper ads.
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Colorado

Two Rivers Coalition of Victim Advocacy, Glenwood Springs: Two Rivers created a movable display representing the victims of crime in Garfield County.  They created 1,200 yard signs representing each of the victims of crime in 2011.  The yard signs were first displayed on the County Courthouse grounds and were then moved to a community center, local high school and another administrative building.  The “signs” were silhouettes of children and adults with tears or broken hearts.  Multiple victim populations were represented by different colored signs.   
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Connecticut

YWCA of New Britain, New Britain: The YWCA held a 5K ENOUGH:  A Race to End Violence and Speak Out and resource fair held at Central Connecticut State University.  After the race, speakers shared their stories with the crowd after which members of the audience were invited to share their experiences.  Local organizations participated in the resource fair to educate the public about available services.  A Clothesline Project display was set-up and individuals created their own t-shirt to display.  They promoted the event by disseminating flyers and posters.  T-shirts commemorating NCVRW and the race were given to everyone who attended the events. 
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Delaware

Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force, Wilmington: The Task Force hosted the 22nd Annual Victims’ Tribute.  The event featured a keynote speech by Marylin Van Derbur and a memorial wall to display photos, letters an artwork from crime victims.  The event closed with a candlelight vigil.  A second event was held in a rural part of the state.  Attendees of both events received a USB drive containing information on local resources.  They promoted their events through the distribution of posters, newspaper and television ads. 
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District of Columbia

Network for Victim Recovery of the District of Columbia (NCRDC), Washington: The Network collaborated with 15 victim service agencies to hold a town hall and community resource fair.  The town hall was streamed live on the Internet to allow individuals to participate remotely.  Network staff also hosted a town hall discussion on Twitter during the event.  They provided simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and also provided ASL interpreters.  The event was recorded and posted online.  The Network handed out “Know Your Rights” information flyers (in English and Spanish) on one day at Metro stations.    
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Florida

Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center, Gainesville: The Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center hosted three events for NCVRW.  A candlelight vigil included remarks from a nationally known speaker and an opportunity for members of the community to speak about their own experiences with crime victimization.  An “Art in the Park” event was held in a local park that has been designated as the “Crime Victims’ Memorial Park.”  Arts and crafts activities were made available for citizens to help beautify the park.  Individuals were also given the opportunity to plant flowers and make self-care kits to take with them.  The final event was public presentations on the needs of crime victims and available services.  The presentations were held at the Victim Assistance Academy.  Attendees at all events received bookmarks with local resources.  An ad was placed in a local magazine and posters were disseminated in the community. 

Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center, Inc., Panama City: The Children’s Advocacy Center held three events.  They created a display of yard signs and pinwheels at local child welfare offices and courthouses.  They partnered with the school district to hold an art contest for students.  Bookmarks were disseminated at the schools and during a Community Awareness Day event. The final event was the “Missing Place at the Table” display.  Survivors were invited to provide mementos of their loved ones for display on the tables.  The display was set-up in the mall for one week.  The Center used television ads to promote the events and NCVRW.
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Georgia

Advocates for Bartow's Children, Inc., Cartersville: The Advocates for Bartow’s Children partnered with the Cherokee Judicial Circuit Victim-Witness Assistance Program to host a community awareness event in two counties.  The events included a proclamation signing, speakers, music and a butterfly release at the end of each event.  Commemorative beverage coasters were given to attendees.  They also placed yard signs, featuring quotes from child victims, at courthouses in each county.

Cherokee County Domestic Violence Task Force, Canton: The Task Force distributed information and promotional materials throughout the community and at two events.  Tabletop and wall displays were set-up at local businesses throughout the week allowing customers to obtain information about victim services and NCVRW promotional items.  A table display was also set-up at the “First Friday” community event.  A lunchtime display was set-up in the main park where informational and promotional materials were disseminated.  A victim impact panel was also held during a lunchtime event. 
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Guam

Office of the Attorney General - Guam, Hagatna: The Office hosted a commemorative ceremony that provided information on crime victim services and served as a memorial for crime victims.  Students placed ribbons on a “Remembering the Victims’ Voices” tree and performed an anti-bullying song and dance.  The Office coordinated with community agencies to create roadside waves along the main highway and intersections to raise awareness about crime victims, especially child victims and victims of sexual assault.  Promotional items (bags, pens, and notebooks) and victims’ rights information cards were disseminated during both events.  They created a billboard to promote NCVRW.
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Idaho

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, Boise: The Coalition loaded 500 flash drives with NCVRW materials and resources for distribution to victim service providers before NCVRW.  They also mailed NCVRW posters to more than 70 of their Coalition members, including law enforcement agencies, prosecutor’s offices, health care providers and social justice allies.  They hosted a public seminar series at Boise State University which was promoted through an ad in Idaho’s largest newspaper. [Top]

Illinois

Crime Victims' Memorial Peace Garden, Glen Carbon: The Peace Garden Association hosted three public performances – The Laramie Project, Widow of Whitechapel, and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later.  After each performance a candlelight vigil, resource fair and recognition ceremony was held.  The recognition ceremony included attendees stones placed in the Memorial Peace Garden.  A new statue was dedicated for the Garden.  Attendees received bookmarks, glow sticks, magnet, seed packets, tote bags and t-shirts.  Flyers and posters were used to promote the events. 
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Indiana

Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County, South Bend: The Family Justice Center hosted several events for NCVRW which were promoted through newspaper ads and posters.  They created a PSA to be played on a local radio station and displayed a banner in the County-City building.  NCVRW t-shirts were given to the attendees of a rally held in the downtown area. 

Prevail, Inc. of Hamilton County, Noblesville: Prevail provides education and support services to victims of crime.  Prevail partnered with local agencies to host a “Criminal Justice ‘Odyssey’ Open House” for NCVRW.  The Open House provided community members with the opportunity to have a guided tour through the criminal justice system.  The tour included presentations from law enforcement officers, victim service providers, SANE nurses, prosecutors, and judges.  At the end of the tour, participants were able to ask questions and talk with advocates about local services.  The event was promoted through newspaper ads, agency newsletter, flyers and posters and drew 150 citizens.  Participants received informational materials, pens, tote bags and chip clips. 
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Iowa

Iowa Attorney General's Office; Crime Victim Assistance Division, Des Moines: The Crime Victim Assistance Division promoted NCVRW through radio and newspaper ads, a billboard, posters, bookmarks, and a social media campaign.  They placed ads in newspapers around the state that provided information on NCVRW and local resources.  A radio PSA in English and Spanish was played on numerous stations.  The billboard was located in Des Moines and included the NCVRW theme and information on victims’ rights and resources.  NCVRW posters were mailed to the 99 County Attorney’s Offices throughout the state.  Posters were also provided to hospitals and immediate care walk-in clinics.  More than 200 bookmarks, printed in English and Spanish, were distributed to libraries around the state.  The social media campaign included information on a website and a Facebook page. 

Riverview Center, Dubuque: The Riverview Center provides services to survivors of violence.  Riverview Center created wallet-size plastic resource cards containing information on victims’ rights and local resources.  The cards were personalized for distribution to five counties.  Two of the counties are in Illinois and included the Illinois Crime Victims Bill of Rights and local resources.  The other three counties are in Iowa and included the Iowa Crime Victims Bill of Rights and local resources.  The cards were disseminated through various partner agencies, including police and sheriff’s departments, hospitals, clinics, and other community agencies.  Riverview placed five ads in four local newspapers to promote NCVRW, victims’ rights and local resources.
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Kansas

Kansas Department of Corrections, Office of Victim Services, Topeka: The Office of Victim Services held two victim impact panels at the Lansing and Topeka Corrections Facilities.  They hosted a “Courage Walk” in partnership with the Kansas Organization for Victim Assistance, Shawnee County District Attorney’s Office and Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office.  After the walk, a “Voices for Victims” rally was held.  The program included victim speakers and an award for the community member who has made a difference in a victims’ life.  Attendees received awareness ribbons and bags with promotional items and information on local resources.  The walk was promoted through flyers and radio ads. 
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Kentucky

Daviess County Attorney, Owensboro: The County Attorney’s Office worked with local elementary, middle and high schools, and colleges to hold an art contest.  The winning artwork from the three contests was displayed on billboards around the community and t-shirts.  They also hosted a community rally featuring two speakers.  Attendees received victims’ rights information cards, tote bags, t-shirts, bracelets, and magnets.  They created a website to promote victims’ rights and services.

Office of the Kentucky Attorney General, Office of Victims Advocacy, Frankfort: The Office of Victims Advocacy provided the keynote speaker for Kentucky’s Victim Assistance Conference, a 2.5 day conference open to the public.  Information and resource tables were staffed by local agencies.  They also hosted the Victims’ Rights Day event on the 25th anniversary of the deadliest drunk driving bus crash in the United States.  Attendees at both events received a NCVRW lapel pin, flashlight, and information cards.
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Louisiana

The FACT Project, Baton Rouge:The FACT Project partnered with the House of Refugees Ministries to hold the 2nd Annual Child Abuse Peace Walk, a 1.1 mile walk through the South Baton Rouge community.  At the end of the walk, participants heard from a series of speakers and were able to visit information tables hosted by local service organizations.  They promoted the event through websites, Facebook, and radio shows. 
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Maryland

Crisis Intervention Center, Prince Frederick: The Crisis Intervention Center provides services to child and adult victims of crime, family violence and sexual assault.  The Center partnered with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Calvert County Health Department to host the Southern Maryland Community Resource Fair called “Cup of Prevention.”  The Fair was held to raise awareness of victims’ rights and improve citizens’ reporting of crime.  The fair included presentations on safety and crime. Attendees received “Cup of Prevention” coffee mugs.  The event was promoted through newspaper and television ads. 

Harford County State's Attorney's Office, Bel Air: The State’s Attorney’s Office partnered with the Sheriff’s Office to host two community awareness presentations.  The first event included presentations on identity theft and gang activity.  The presentations at the second event addressed child sexual abuse and domestic violence.  The State’s Attorney’s Office provided participants with booklets covering six topics.  At each event, local service providers were on hand to distribute resource about their services.  The events were open to the public.  Informational booklets on each topic, key rings, bookmarks and pencils were disseminated at both events.  They advertised the events and NCVRW in the local paper.
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Massachusetts

Fenway Community Health Center, Inc., Boston: The Fenway Community Health Center provides healthcare, education, research and advocacy services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.  The Center placed seven ads in a free local newspaper promoting NCVRW and local resources.  They partnered with other community service providers to disseminate 1,500 post card-size cards listing violence prevention and intervention services in the Boston area.  They created six “Message of the Day” awareness messages about various crime victimization statistics and projected them on the elevators screens in each of the elevators of their 10-story building.

Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Boston: The District Attorney’s Office promoted their theme “Rise Above the Silence. Be a Voice for Justice” through ads on Boston’s buses and subways.  They placed ads in high crime areas.  The ads were in English and Spanish.  They advertised their efforts through local television and radio stations.  They also held a kick-off event at one of the busiest bus stations.  The district attorney spoke and law enforcement officials and community leaders were in attendance and assisted in passing out tote bags and information to the crowd.  The kick-off event took place a week after the Boston Marathon bombings and drew hundreds of commuters.
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Michigan

Underground Railroad, Inc., Saginaw: The Underground Railroad provides services to survivors of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.  They placed interior bus ads in 14 high exposure buses throughout the Saginaw Transit system.  The ads promoted NCVRW and contact information for the Underground Railroad, local resources, and law enforcement agencies. 

Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services, Detroit: Legal Services held an information fair that included speakers and resource tables staffed by local service providers.  Invitations were mailed to past and present clients and flyers were posted in schools throughout the Detroit School District.  They also distributed flyers door-to-door and to businesses.  Attendees received tote bags, bracelets, pens and key chains. 
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Minnesota

Minnesota Alliance on Crime, St. Paul: The Alliance disseminated bookmarks to libraries throughout the state to promote NCVRW.  They held a children’s art contest with the winning artwork appearing in a 2014 calendar.  They displayed the artwork at three community events in two communities.  At each event, they provided a guided art activity for children.  The Alliance hosted a webinar on the use of therapy dogs to assist children who have been maltreated.   

Southwest Crisis Center, Worthington: The Crisis Center provides services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.  The Crisis Center partnered with the Worthington Police Department, the Integration Collaborative, the Southwest Mental Health Center, and the Immigrant Law Center of MN to raise awareness of crime victims’ rights.  They produced radio ads, as well as billboards in English and Spanish.  They held a poster contest with local schools.  Students received water bottles and the winning students also received a t-shirtsand were publicly recognized. A candlelight vigil, including a silent witness walk, was held at the local fire hall.    
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Mississippi

Gulfport Police Department, Gulfport: The Gulfport Police Department hosted a candlelight vigil to raise awareness about NCVRW and remember crime victims.  The event included speakers from local agencies and survivors with awards given to individuals for their work on behalf of crime victims.  Community agencies staffed information booths and the event concluded with the lighting of candles.  Attendees received promotional items, including:  whistles, flashlights, backpacks, water bottles, and magnets.  The event was promoted through a banner in the park and a billboard.  [Top]

Missouri

Polk County House of Hope, Bolivar: The House of Hope provides services to all crime victims.  They hosted information booths on the County Courthouse grounds and during a city-wide yard sale to promote NCVRW.  They provided booklets, tote bags, ribbon magnets and whistles to the public.

VictimNet, Independence: VictimNet is a coalition of service providers working to meet the needs of crime victims and their families.  They held a community awareness event downtown during lunchtime.  The event included speeches by local dignitaries and a crime victim/survivor, as well an award given to a local prosecutor in recognition of her work prosecuting a local teacher who had abused students.  Twenty-five local victim service agencies staffed information booths.  Prior to the event, they held an art contest for local youth.  The posters were displayed at the event and the winners were announced.  The event concluded with a memorial walk.  They promoted the event through a billboard and flyers.  Attendees received tote bags and bookmarks. 
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Montana

Montana Board of Control, Helena: The Board of Crime Control held a resource fair at the State Capitol while the legislature was in session.  Twenty programs from across the state set-up information tables.  The programs represented law enforcement, prosecutors, compensation, service providers and legal services.  They also placed four billboards across the state promoting the National Domestic Violence Hotline number, the Board’s website, and the NO MORE campaign to end domestic violence and sexual assault. 
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Nebraska

City of Beatrice-Gage County Victim Assistance Program, Beatrice: The Victim Assistance Program placed four billboards promoting NVCRW.  They disseminated brochures, pens, and notepads through a library display and at a community health fair.  They also distributed the pens and notepads to staff in the County Courthouse. 

Crisis Center for Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault, Fremont: The Crisis Center erected four billboards promoting NCVRW in the three counties they serve.  They also created pinwheel displays representing the number of children who witnessed and/or were victims of child abuse in their home.  The pinwheel displays were supported by local businesses and a Boy Scout Troop.  They had members of their children’s support group and teen program assemble the pinwheels.  Their final activity was to produce and disseminate public awareness materials in English and Spanish.  The packets included brochures, business cards, flyers, stickers, and victims’ rights information cards.  
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Nevada

Community Coalition for Victims' Rights, Las Vegas: The Coalition’s Victims’ Rights Week Committee of system- and community-based advocates and survivors hosted a community awareness and awards ceremony.  The event was open to the public.  The program included remarks by local dignitaries and survivors, and a musical performance.  The event ended with a candlelight vigil. Attendees received a tote bag, coffee mug and a Victim Rights Handbook.  Prior to NCVRW, the Coalition distributed NCVRW flags in the community to promote the week and all the local events.  They also promoted the week and event through a color ad in the local newspaper. 

Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services, Winnemucca: WDVS partnered with local dignitaries to host a proclamation signing ceremony to kick-off NCVRW.  They worked with an elementary school to hold a “Kisses for Hope and Change” event.  The students wrote notes about their hopes for changes in the community and created awareness flags that were hung throughout the city and at a family event in the park.  The notes were presented to local service providers, law enforcement officers, fire fighters and EMS professionals along with donated chocolate kisses.  The final event was a family event held in a local park.  The event included information on available services, an anti-bullying poster contest, and games.  NCVRW promotional events were disseminated during the event.  They partnered with various organizations to host a series of workshops on domestic violence, child abuse, and teen dating violence.  NCVRW and local events were promoted through several newspaper ads, posters and table tents placed on restaurant tables. 
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New Jersey

Jersey Battered Women's Service, Inc., Morristown: The Jersey Battered Women’s Service partnered with other county victim service agencies, the prosecutor’s office, and the department of human services to launch a community-wide public awareness campaign.  The campaign included ads in a daily paper and seven weekly papers.  A front page ad appeared on the Sunday edition of on newspaper.  Ads also appeared on the newspaper’s and Jersey Battered Women’s Service’s websites during the week.

YWCA Bergen County, Hackensack: The YWCA partnered with system- and community-based victim service programs to create a 30-second PSA that ran during several cable stations, including BET, Bravo, Comedy Central, Food Network, Galavision (Spanish network), Lifetime, Logo, MTV, OWN, TLC, VH1, WE, and a local news station.  The PSA promoted NCVRW and included statistics on sexual assault and domestic violence.  Contact information for local resources was also included.
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New Mexico

City of Farmington Farmington Police Department, Farmington: The Police Department’s Victim Assistance Program launched a county-wide media campaign.  They used three digital billboards and posters, in English and Spanish, to promote NCVRW and local services.  The digital ads ran a total of 8,000 times during the week. Fifty NCVRW themed posters were printed and distributed in high-traffic businesses and community centers.

Enlace Comunitario, Albuquerque: Enlace Comunitario’s mission is to eliminate domestic violence and promote healthy families in the Latino immigrant community.  Enlace partnered with criminal justice agencies, the state compensation program, and community organizations to host a bilingual Town Hall meeting.  The Town Hall included speakers from government and community agencies, and victims and survivors.  The theme of the event was upholding victims’ rights.  A resource area was set-up up where 15 local service providers disseminated information about their services.  Attendees received balloons, bookmarks, bracelets, information cards, pens, magnets, cups, key chains, and tote bags.  The event included a Clothesline Project display.  The event was promoted through radio ads, billboards, and flyers.  
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New York

Bronx Independent Living Services, Bronx: Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS) assists crime victims with disabilities.  BILS promoted NCVRW activities through newspaper ads and flyers.  They created a website to promote NCVRW.  They hosted a series of workshops with community partners on victims’ rights. One workshop provided survivors an opportunity to create t-shirts with their personal message.  They also held a Victims’ Tribute.  Speakers included survivors and representatives from community agencies.  Attendees received brochures, buttons, coffee mugs, resource directories, and t-shirts that advertised NCVRW.  They also held a clothing drive and victims were able to select clothing items to take home.  The events were promoted through flyers and newspaper ads. 

Catholic Charities of Chenango County, Norwich: Catholic Charities hosted several public events.  They held a conference on the SUNY campus; a “Voices of Men” play at a local high school; a community awards recognition event; and an open house.  They also hosted a “Lunch and Learn” event that included a resource fair and trivia games about victims’ rights.  They promoted NCVRW and their events through banners, posters, and newspaper and radio ads.  They disseminated bracelets, coffee mugs and magnets for dissemination at all community events. 

New York District Attorney's Office, New York: The District Attorney’s Office hosted a candlelight vigil and information fair.  The speakers included local and state dignitaries and survivors.  Attendees received buttons, tote bags, stuffed animals, and remembrance stones.

The New York Crime Victims' Task Force, Sarasota Springs: The Task Force partnered with the New York State Office of Victims Services, local district attorney and crime victim and sexual assault center to sponsor the Annual Brick Dedication Ceremony.  Bricks inscribed with crime victims’ names were placed along a walkway.  Attendees received bracelets, pens, hand sanitizer, lip balm, programs and resource directories.  Flowers were given to victims and survivors.  
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North Carolina

Division of Aging and Adult Services/Victim Services Interagency Council of North Carolina, Raleigh: The Interagency Council hosted the annual Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony.  The Ceremony was preceded by a cyber-bullying event for school resource officers, teachers, nurses and parents.  The Ceremony program included speakers, a memorial collage of photos of crime victims; a flower ceremony; and music from a vocalist and pianist.  A DVD of the NCVRW video and photos of crime victims submitted prior to the event was shown.  They promoted the week and raised awareness through web banners and digital billboards.  The digital billboard was in English and Spanish and included information on elder abuse and fraud.

HAVEN in Lee County, Inc., Sanford: HAVEN provides services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims.  They promoted NCVRW through three billboards placed around the county. They also disseminated lanyards with their name and crisis number to the public as a way to raise awareness about sexual assault.  
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North Dakota

North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Bismarck: The Department partnered with the Minot State University, ND SAVIN, and the Council on Abused Woman Services to host a candlelight vigil.  The vigil included a keynote speaker, victim speakers, and music.  In addition to lighting candles, participants also released balloons.  The vigil and NCVRW was promoted with a color newspaper ad, posters, and a Facebook ad campaign.  They disseminated window decals to agencies throughout the state.
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Ohio

Child Advocacy Center of Licking County, Newark: The Advocacy Center partnered with community- and system-based agencies to host a kick-off celebration, awards event, and candlelight vigil.  The kick-off celebration was held on the courthouse grounds and included speakers, music, kids’ activities, information tables, and a balloon release.  A local radio station broadcast live from the event and interviewed speakers.  An awards event was held to recognize victim service providers who have dedicated their time to serving crime victims.  Four local service providers and five youth were recognized.  The final event, a candlelight vigil, included a youth art showcase and speakers.  The events were promoted through billboards, banners, and table inserts placed in local food courts.    

Clark County Child Advocacy Center, Springfield: The Advocacy Center partnered with government and community agencies to host a community awareness event.  The focus of the event was “speaking up” and advocating for crime victims.  Speakers addressed personal safety, internet safety, bullying, reporting crime, and local services.  The event was open to the public, including activities for families.  Twenty-three local service providers staff information booths.  Attendees received bags with bookmarks and victims’ rights information cards. The event was promoted with flyers and posters and on Facebook.  They also disseminated materials at a 5-k event in May.    
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Oklahoma

Native Alliance Against Violence, Oklahoma City: NAAV is Oklahoma’s only Tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalition.  NAAV created a toolkit of NCVRW artwork, adapted with tribal elements, and NCVRW videos and disseminated them on USB drives to all the federally recognized tribes in Oklahoma.  The tribes also received a NCVRW poster.  NAAV also disseminated promotional items – tote bags, water bottles, drawstring canvas backpacks for kids, Frisbee flyers, jar openers, and lip balm at Tribal NCVRW events through the state.  NAAV staff travelled to these events to distribute the promotional items and speak with tribal and community members attending the events.    

Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma, Enid: Youth and Family services partnered with government and community agencies to host a community resource fair, candlelight vigil and victims impact panel.  At the community fair, each agency hosted activities for kids.  Staff were available to answer questions and distribute resources.  Kids received gift bags containing pencils, bookmarks, bracelets and stickers.  The candlelight vigil was held on the courthouse grounds and included speeches by a survivor of domestic violence and the district attorney.  The final event was a victim impact panel featuring four victims of violent crime.  The events were promoted through posters, flyers and banners.
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Oregon

Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victims' Services Division, Salem: The Crime Victims’ Service Division hosted a crime victims’ rights commemoration.  The program included a keynote address by the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Program Director who responded to the shooting at a local mall.  They partnered with the National Crime Victim Law Institute to host a presentation on online safety/privacy issues.  The created promotional materials - “green” lunch totes; water bottles, and bracelets.  The materials were distributed at various events and to 36 county district attorney’s offices and non-profit agencies.  The offices and agencies also received NCVRW posters in English and Spanish. 
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Pennsylvania

Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Erie: The Crime Victim Center co-sponsored an advertising campaign with The Bradley H. Foulk Children’s Advocacy Center.  The campaign focused on promoting NCVRW, awareness of the impact of crime on the community, how community members can get involved, and the annual NCVRW Victims’ Rights Rally.  The campaign included radio, television, print, and electronic billboards to reach all residents of Erie County.

Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), Jamison: NOVA hosted a private time for reflection before their annual candlelight vigil.  They also raised awareness about NCVRW and NOVA’s services through the distribution of tote bags and stickers.  They operate a thrift store and created and disseminated reusable tote bags in the store and their offices.  They printed three different messages on stickers and distributed them to pizza parlors/restaurants for use on their pizza boxes.  The stickers promoted the candlelight vigil, Wear Teal Day, and NOVA’s services.  They promoted Wear Teal Day to local businesses, agencies and individuals to show support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Finally, they promoted the events through invitations, newspaper ads, postcards, and banners.
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Puerto Rico

Hogar Escuela Sor Maria Rafaela, Bayamon: Hogar Escuela provides primary and secondary services to female youth who are victims of maltreatment or negligence.  They hosted several events during NCVRW including a candlelight vigil, awareness march, and information fair.  They promoted the events by disseminating post cards, flyers, posters, and banners.  Attendees at the events received promotional items such as t-shirts, pens, whistles, and neck wallets and fact sheets and brochures.  They also screened a movie for young women about dating violence.  They hosted an event with a local theater school.  The public was invited to see skits the teens had created about victimization issues.  
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South Carolina

Foothills Alliance, Anderson: The Alliance provides services to adult and child victims of sexual abuse.  The Alliance hosted three events for NCVRW.  They hosted two “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” events.  Posters displaying statistics about sexual assault were placed along the walk.  Participants received information about available services and bookmarks, flashlights, pens, and post-it tear pads.  The Alliance also hosted a “My Path to Healing” art exhibit.  Survivors were invited to submit paintings, drawings, photographs, t-shirts illustrating the theme.  The exhibit was open to the public for the entire month.  Attendees received information materials about sexual assault and local resources.  They also hosted two Rape and Aggression Defense classes for women in partnership with the local police department.  The events were promoted through newspaper ads.

South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, Columbia: The Department held a statewide community awareness campaign with a specific focus on reaching rural communities.  They developed a brochure listing various services and state and national assistance numbers.  The brochures were disseminated to rural communities throughout the state to churches, grocery stores and fast food venues.  They hosted a Community Awareness Exhibition simultaneously from their main office and three offices around the state.  The four locations were connected live for the speaker portion of the program.  Department staff discussed the probation, parole and pardon processes, including processing restitution payments.  Department staff and local victim service providers were on hand in each location to provide additional information on local services.  A memorial table for victims was also on display.  The Department also disseminated copies of South Carolina’s Victims Bill of Rights throughout the state.  The Department sent invitations to victims, victim services providers, solicitors, law enforcement, colleges and universities, hospitals, and faith-based organizations.  Posters and flyers announcing the event and celebrating National Crime Victims Rights Week were displayed in each of the Department's 51 locations as well as other victim service provider offices.
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South Dakota

Working Against Violence Inc, Rapid City: WAVI provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  WAVI partnered with governmental and community agencies to host an event which included a keynote speaker and awards. WAVI partnered with a local middle school to hold a PSA contest for students enrolled in a video production class.  The PSAs were shown during the event at which the students responsible for the winning PSA received an award.  They promoted the event through billboards and radio and television ads.  Invitations were sent to local and state dignitaries and victim service providers.
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Tennessee

You Have the Power, Nashville: You Have the Power, along with survivors, advocates, and agency staff, comprise a NCVRW planning committee called Voices of Victims. Voices of Victims hosted a public awareness event in the park where the Children’s Garden is located.  The Garden was created to honor the lives of children who have been murdered in the community.  The resource fair began at a pavilion near the Garden.  Fourteen local service providers participated in the resource fair providing attendees with information about their services.  Participants were then given balloons and walked to the Children’s Garden for a short remembrance ceremony. Speakers included local dignitaries and survivors.  Attendees were given the opportunity to write messages of hope and healing on their balloons before they were released.  A tree was planted during the ceremony.  Attendees received tote bags with NCVRW pens and pins.
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Texas

City of Dickinson Police Department, Dickinson: The Police Department hosted a resource fair in City Hall where citizens obtained information on community resources and home, workplace and travel safety services.  They also hosted a memorial brick dedication and candle-lighting ceremony.  The program included a victim speaker and advocate speaker.  Attendees received bracelets, magnets, tote bags, tumblers, gavel stress relievers, and hand fans.  

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, Austin: TAASA joined with government and community agencies to expand the reach of the annual ceremony to raise awareness about crime victims’ rights and to honor crime victims.  They disseminated 181 crime victims’ rights information cards to each Texas State Representative and Senator.  They annual ceremony program included three survivor speakers from around the state.  The ceremony included the inauguration of the Suzanne McDaniel Award for a program or individual who has made a positive contribution to the crime victims’ rights movement in Texas.  The event was promoted through invitations, flyers, and a newspaper ad.
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Vermont

Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services, Waterbury: The Center brought awareness to the effects on trauma through a DVD in which practitioners offer diverse ways to cope with the damaging effects of trauma.  The DVD was posted on The Center’s website and distributed to community health centers, hospitals, campus clinics, sexual and domestic violence programs, supervised visitation and child advocacy centers across the state.  They also partnered with the U.S Attorney’s Office and the Vermont Network of Against Domestic and Sexual Violence to host the “Honor Survivors Day” event.  A keynote speaker addressed victim service professionals on building social-emotional health and resiliency in their clients, communities and themselves. Eight advocates and agencies were recognized for their work.
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Virginia

Fairfax County Police Department, Victim Services Section, Fairfax: The Victim Services Section partnered with government and community agencies to host a 5K Walk.  The Walk was held late in the day and concluded with a candlelight ceremony.  The program included a keynote speaker and resources disseminated by 16 local agencies.  Upon registering to walk, participants received a walk bit that they could decorate in honor of a loved one or in support of crime victims.  Participants received a tote bag, water bottle, hand sanitizer, and jar openers.  The event was promoted through flyers and websites. Banners and signs were displayed at the Walk. 

Harmony Place, Front Royal: Harmony Place serves victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse.  Harmony Place promoted NCVRW events, victims’ rights, services, and safety information through print and radio ads.  They hosted a Victims’ Rights Forum with three male survivors of sexual violence as speakers.  Five local service agencies were on had to disseminate information about victims’ rights and services.  A Victims’ Rights event followed the Forum and included remarks from a male survivor of sexual violence.  Attendees at the event received flashlights, whistles, pens, and jar openers.  The same survivor spoke the following day at the local Rotary Club.
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Washington

The Support Center, Omak: The Support Center provides services to all crime victims.  The Center created a radio and newspaper awareness campaign for NCVRW.  Tote bags and water bottles were disseminated at a local march and vigil and at the Home and Garden Show.     
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West Virginia

YWCA Wheeling Family Violence Prevention Program, Wheeling: The YWCA supported presentations on internet safety at local high schools.  NCVRW was promoted with five billboards in three counties.
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Wisconsin

nIc foundation, Inc., Shawano: nic promotes violence prevention in Northeastern Wisconsin.  They promoted NCVRW and victims’ rights and services through an information fair and candlelight vigil.  Attendees received education materials addressing a wide number of victimization issues, including bullying, victims’ rights and services.  NCVRW and the events were promoted through posters, yard signs, flyers and newspaper and radio ads.

Wisconsin Department of Justice, Office of Crime Victim Services, Madison: The Office of Crime Victim Services placed pinwheels representing child victims in 55 counties throughout the state.  Counties received a yard sign describing the project, 100 pinwheels, 200 bookmarks, and eight posters.  They also held a youth event at the Capitol for Boys and Girls Club members.  The youth received a tour of the Capitol and a pinwheel.  Bookmarks were disseminated to 60 libraries around the state.  They printed and distributed NCVRW posters, with specific focus on crimes committed against children, to law enforcement agencies, crime victim advocacy agencies and county district attorney's offices.  
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