2014 Community Awareness Projects

30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice

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Brooks' Place Child Advocacy Center of Cullman, Inc., Cullman: A resource fair was held entitled: Crime Victim Awareness/Safe-kids Expo, where community agencies, law enforcement agencies, the victim services division of the Cullman County District Attorney's Office, the local domestic violence shelter, the local child welfare agency (DHR), and numerous additional safety and victim assistance resources had informational booths. Local agencies provided fingerprinting and photographing of children, for no cost to the public. The event was held at Sportsman Lake Park on April 12, 2014 10-2 pm. NCVRW CAP funds were used to purchase 425 T-shirts that are brightly colored and have the NCVRW logo and theme "30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice printed on the shirts, which were given away to the first 425 in attendance

Mobile County District Attorney's Office, Mobile: The Mobile County District Attorney's Office (MCDA) conducted three events during NCVRW (April 6-12, 2014). A kick-off event was held on April 6th with information, resources and students artwork on display. A second event was held at Government Plaza at the City of Mobile's City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 10:00 am. Crime victims were invited by MCDA to attend this event and were given t-shirts to wear with the NCVRW logo and color. The MCDA hosted a victim’s vigil on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 6:30-7:30 pm at Cathedral Square, downtown. Victims wore their NCVRW t-shirts and discussed their experience.

Troy University, Troy: In observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 6th-12th, 2014, Troy University organized a Crime Victims' Rights public awareness campaign. The awareness campaign integrated the NCVRW theme, logo and colors and commemorated VOCA's anniversary by promoting the theme "30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice." The overall goal of the campaign was to promote awareness of victims' rights and services for all crime victims for the Troy University campus and surrounding community. The target population was Troy University faculty, staff, students and Troy community members.

Baldwin County District Attorney's Office, Bay Minette: The Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office held several contests to involve youth in activities, raising awareness of crime victims’ issues and rights. The contests included creating victim-themed videos, artwork, posters and essays. The student contests were promoted one month in advance, with the award ceremony taking place at the “3rd Annual Candlelight on the Delta” on Thursday, April 10th, and included: a contest award ceremony, displays, victim memorials and information booths, the distribution of lapel ribbons and other promotional items to participants; and a candlelight service “Dusk on the decks over looking the Delta,” with music and victim testimonials.

Lauderdale County Victim Services Providers, Florence: The Lauderdale County Victim Service Providers held an information fair followed by a Celebration of Life/ Candlelight Vigil for the Lauderdale County residents during victim's right week. The event was promoted through flyers, posters and local radio and print media. Outreach mechanisms not only promoted the event but also included information about victim's rights and local resources for victims of crime.


Victims for Justice, Anchorage: In Alaska the NCVRW was recognized on May 3rd- May 10th so that the outdoor events were less likely to be snowed on. The public awareness media campaign began three weeks before, in mid April with PSA's on radio, TV, and in print media. Participation in radio and TV talk shows, posters, flyers, and other advertising for the events using the 2014 theme and other materials also occurred in early April. The Awards Ceremony kicked off the official week, on Saturday May 3. This event included presenting 6 awards to notable victims, providers and others who have made a difference in the fight for victims' rights. On May 5, we held our annual Tree Ceremony, a centerpiece for NCVRW in Alaska. In conjunction with other local victims' rights organizations, we honored all victims of violent crime. The public was invited to join and to tie ribbons of various colors, denoting categories of violent crime, to the tree.


Against Abuse, Inc., Casa Grande: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Pinal County began on April 7, 2014 with kickoff events in Casa Grande and Florence, Arizona. In Casa Grande Mayor, Bob Jackson, and in Florence, County Attorney Lando Voyles issued proclamations dedicating the week to National Crime Victims. Resource information and NCVR literature, bookmarks, lanyards and pins were distributed to crowds at both locations. Ice Cream Socials were held on Tuesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 10 at four locations: Florence, Coolidge, Apache Junction and Eloy. Again, local resource information and NCVR giveaways were distributed. On Wednesday, April 9 the first ever NCVR event was held in San Manuel at the Safe Journey House (a program of Against Abuse, Inc.) and again, information and giveaways were distributed. On Friday, April 11, a Candlelight Vigil, Casa Grande’s main event, was held at Promenade Mall from 4 PM to 8PM, and approximately 300 people participated. In Maricopa on April 12, a “community mingle” presented information and NCVR giveaways and closed the week’s very successful activities.

Victim Services Division of Navajo County Attorney's Office, Holbrook: The Victim Services Division of Navajo County Attorney's Office hosted the 5th Annual Victims' Rights Symposium on Friday, April 11th, 2014 in conjunction with National Crime Victims' Rights Week. This symposium, focused on educating attendees about victims' rights, and disseminating much-needed information to community victim service providers. The media/public relations plan included radio interviews, radio public service announcements, local cable TV coverage, local newspaper coverage and social media coverage via Facebook and various Navajo County websites and blogs. The National Crime Victims' Rights logo, colors and theme of "30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice" for print and media were utilized. In addition, Navajo County Board of Supervisors adopted a "Navajo County Crime Victims' Rights Week" proclamation that was circulated through media and other government agencies, encouraging their participation in passing similar proclamations.


Healing Place Ministries, Pine Bluff: Healing Place Ministries held three community events: 1) an art contest for teens based on the 2014 theme and 2) two memorial services for victim survivor families. Criminal justice students from local universities served as greeters at each event. The media opportunities (banners, newspaper and radio ads) were replicated using the NCVRW guide. Information explaining victims' rights and other resources for crime victims were available at the events, and collaborating organizations included organizations within Jefferson, Pulaski, and Lincoln counties helped disseminate information. Local media {radio, TV, newspapers) was utilized to spread details of scheduled events.


Riverside County District Attorney, Riverside: National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2014 marked the Riverside County District Attorney's office 8th year of gathering the community together to participate in a variety of rewarding events. The week included Candlelight Vigils across the county, as we remembered those effected by violent crime. The first vigil was held in the eastern region on Tuesday, April 8th. Two more followed: one in the southwest area, Wednesday, April 9th and another in the county seat. Each of the three-region candlelight vigil programs included: Welcome remarks from the District Attorney and other elected officials, presentation of colors, proclamation presentations, victim guest- speaker, candle lighting ceremony, reading of homicide victim's names, choir performance, and tribal members performing a blessing. Additionally, since April is Child Abuse Awareness month and Sexual Assault awareness month, special outreach activities were carried out with community partners.

Office of the District Attorney, County of Tulare, Visalia: To bring awareness of victims' rights to the young adult community, the County of Tulare DA held a high school art contest. Students from Tulare County high schools were invited to submit artwork that conveyed their interpretation of victims' rights, their own personal experience as a crime victim, or a friend's or family member's experience. Grant funds paid for the cost to run the advertisement in two local newspapers. One hundred fifty entries were received, and the winning piece of art was included on t-shirts we designed (using the NCVRW logo) and printed using grant funds. These t-shirts were given out during the Blue Ribbon March on Main Street, our local Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) organization's annual child abuse awareness march, on April 5, 2014. T-shirts were also given out at the annual Victims' Memorial Quilt Ceremony, where the winning artist and nine others were honored, on April 11, 2014, as well as to those who came to the Victim/Witness Center to view the artwork posted in the halls.

Lassen Family Services, Inc., Susanville: Lassen Family Services (LFS) organized and hosted, together with its collaborating partners, a community walk/run “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” and information fair on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in support of victims of all types of crime and in culmination of the 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Prior to the event, LFS reached residents of Susanville and the surrounding small mountain communities using radio, newspaper, website, and social media postings. Flyers were produced and posted in public places in each of the unincorporated communities, and were made available to consumers at their local grocery stores. Banners publicizing the event were placed along Main Street in Susanville, at LFS offices, and at the Hall of Justice. A poster competition for participants wanting a hands-on experience to depict their ideas about crime victims’ rights was held at the walk/run event; event participants voted on submissions, and the winner was awarded a certificate. Event t-shirts and buttons utilizing the theme, logo, and colors of the 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week were produced and distributed to participants.


Office of the District Attorney, 7th Judicial District, Montrose: The Office of the District Attorney 7th Judicial District held awareness raising events in San Miguel County which focused primarily on the Spanish Monolingual population; in Montrose County which honored the “advocate of the year” and targeted community leaders and local area law enforcement; in Delta County which centered on elementary school children, was held at a local elementary school and included a coloring contest held based on the NCVRW theme and at which children received rubber bracelets promoting the NCVRW event; in Gunnison County which included a guest speaker and a workshop geared to promote victim rights awareness and resources to young adults from the local Western State College.

Office of the District Attorney, 11th Judicial District, Canon City: In recognition of the 2014 Crime Victim Rights week the Office of the District Attorney 11th Judicial District held a 5k run - "2014 Run for your Rights" on April 12th. This event involved a 5K on the riverwalk in Canon City, Colorado. T-shirts and water bottles were provided to runners with special invitations to community leaders, encouraging leadership and community participation. The day honored/acknowledged a local victim of the Aurora Theatre shooting that occurred in July 2012. He is a resident of Fremont County.

Eighth Judicial District Attorney's Office, Fort Collins: The Eighth Judicial District Attorney's Office located in Larimer County Colorado held a march on April 11, 2014 to educate the general public about how crime affects the community, victim rights and services available to victims. “Shoe trees” were displayed along the route, (coat racks with shoes representing victims). On the shoes were statistics and information related to crime victims. T-shirts were distributed to each participating agency, volunteers and victims involved in the march. Printed materials, such as fliers to inform the community about the march, were distributed. Between the District Attorney's Office, police services, Probation, local non-profits, volunteers and general community approximately 100 individuals participated.

PeaceWorks, Inc., Bailey: PeaceWorks, Inc., in partnership with the Park County Sheriff's Office Victim Services, hosted a public awareness campaign during the 2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 6-12, educating the general public about the rights, resources and local services available to victims of all types of crime in Park County, CO. Campaign components included an interactive web page detailing the purpose of NCVRW, local resources, prevention information, victims' rights and compensation information, and danger assessment tools; a print media and web-based awareness campaign about NCVRW, victims' rights and Victim Compensation resources; and group awareness presentations were held in five of the eleven county towns.


Delaware Victims' Rights Task Force, Wilmington: In accordance with NCVRW, the State of Delaware declared the week of April 6-12, 2014 as Crime Victims' Rights Week. On Wednesday, April 9th, 2014, the 23rd Annual Victims' Tribute was held in Dover, Delaware. NCVRW CAP funds were used to promote public awareness of rights and services for victims of all types of crimes (in conjunction with National Crime Victims' Rights Week) by disseminating various media pre-printed with the NCVRW logo and slogan. The media included the NCVRW theme, as well as detailed information about events specific to Delaware. The DVRTF membership was tasked with strategically distributing the media for display at targeted public locations, including but not limited to: community centers, state service centers, state, county, and local police departments, and courts. Two memorial walls were purchased to display artwork made by victims/survivors.

District of Columbia

Network for Victim Recovery of the District of Columbia, Washington: NVRDC conducted four Twitter Town Halls, which offered an ability to reach victims who may not be willing to attend a public Know Your Rights Night and is more accessible for younger victims of crime. Held each Wednesday during April, the town halls focused on elder abuse, homicide, gender-based violence and hate crimes. NCRDC also held four Metro Action days specifically aimed at high vulnerability populations in areas with high crimes that have less access to the Internet. Finally, the Community Know Your Rights Community Safety Expo was held for those with children and families to learn about multiple services and resources in the aftermath of crime. The event featured tabletop displays with the NCVRW theme and logo; several non-profit agencies were represented and provided resources for participants.


Miami-Dade County/Miami-Dade Police Department, Miami: During the 2014 NCVRW, the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) conducted two (2) events with community partners. The events were scheduled to serve two areas of Miami-Dade County (MDC), North Dade and South Dade. These areas were selected based on police crime data, having the highest incidence of violent crime, especially with a firearm. These events honored victims, educated and involved the community on victims' rights, services, and community/citizen empowerment. The event was held on April 10th, and had the following activities: guest speakers, victims' statements, reading of a Board of County Commission proclamation, music, and a moment of silence using flashlights to honor all victims and survivors of the Miami-Dade County community. Students from area Senior High School music programs provided special performances. Grant funds supported giveaway items for participants including key chains with lights, whistles, bookmarks, and badges/stickers.


Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, Boise: The primary activity included an art exhibit at a cultural community center. The art exhibit, Healing the Broken Heart ™ (Sanando el Corazon Lastimado ™) consisted of art pieces specifically from victims from the underserved Latino, refugee, Native American and LGBTQ communities. (300 were distributed.) Additionally, a media campaign was launched, in cooperation with member programs/organizations and organizations that work with underserved populations. The campaign reached the entire state of Idaho and featured materials from the NCVRW toolkit. Highlights included NCVRW posters displayed across Idaho at courthouses, city government buildings, Health & Welfare offices, as well as other public venues (grocery stores, restaurants) and a one hour Spanish radio talk show, hosted by the Idaho Coalition in conjunction with local member programs, in southeast and southwest Idaho (the geographic areas in which most Latinos live in).


Guardian Angel Community Services, Joliet: Starting April 1st, ads were placed on six bus benches in Joliet to announce National Crime Victims' Rights Week and publish hotline numbers for victims. Three bus benches were located on Joliet's East Side and were written in Spanish, reaching out to a hard-to-reach population. The fourth bus bench targeted victims with disabilities, an underserved population. The last two benches were in English, focusing on victims' rights. All six benches included the new location of the Guardian Angel Community Services, which was relocated to downtown Joliet. The bus bench ads will be up for an entire year.

Lake County State's Attorney's Office, Waukegan: A public event was held Thursday, April 10th 2014, at the College of Lake County, which is centrally located within the County, easily accessible and had the capacity to accommodate 400+ people. All victims, witnesses, service providers, law enforcement, and the general public were welcome. Several activities lead up to the public event and promoted the success of the event and campaign. April 7-9th, 2014, the Victim/Witness Coordinators were located at different public community centers throughout the County and distributed information about the Victim’s Bill of Rights, answered questions and invited people to the public event.

Hoyleton Ministries, Hoyleton: The Eastern MO and Southern Illinois Rescue and Restore Consortium leveraged NCVRW CAP funds to enhance general public awareness of rights and services for victims of all types of crime in conjunction with National Crime Victim's Rights Week. The following strategies were used: Media Campaign, Information Fair, and 5K Glow Run/Walk. NCVRW CAP funds supported a strategic media campaign, which enhanced public awareness of crime victims' rights and services available to meet the needs of victims. Funds supported the cost of promotional items such as flyers, water bottles, t-shirts, and wristbands. By using social media, Rescue and Restore made a greater impact.


Legacy House, Indianapolis: A public event was held at Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis at which giveaway items including event t-shirts, wristbands, sunglasses, whistles and lanyards promoting NCVRW and the 2014 theme raising awareness about crime victims and victim rights were distributed. In addition, balloons and balloon sculptures in NCVRW colors were created and given away by celebrity balloon twisters. During the event, twenty-seven rocking chairs were set up for the public and “celebrity rockers” rocked to raise awareness for NCVRW and the plight and rights of victims of crime. The event included a provider fair at which thirteen local victim services provided guests with information about their services and about victim rights. The event included 10 speakers including five community honorees for special recognition.

Albion Fellows Bacon Center, Evansville: National Crime Victims' Right's Week was promoted through a media campaign utilizing theater ads and digital billboards. The 15-second theater ad was shown two times in front of each movie (16) every day during National Crime Victims' Rights Week. In addition it was shown on a constant loop every 12 minutes on the lobby plasma screens (LEN) during business hours for that week. Information cards with victims' rights and community resources were distributed to law enforcement and court personnel in Vanderburgh County reaching hundreds of victims that week. The campaign included information tables at the Courthouse, Deaconess Hospital, Deaconess Clinics and the University of Southern Indiana, which included information from local victim service providers, posters and giveaways (pens, stress balls). Coasters were distributed to at least 50 restaurants and bars in Evansville.


Iowa Attorney General's Office, Des Moines: Crime Victim Rights Week information will be distributed to over 1000 individuals attending trainings or traveling into Des Moines for conferences through partnering with a local caterer and including information in the bag lunches. These were distributed from April 7-11, 2014. The second project included distribution of information to middle school and elementary students in the Des Moines area. Students were given the same Crime Victim Rights Week flier for students to take home to their households. The second project was a distribution of CVRW information and area resources to two elementary school students in the Des Moines Community School District. Students were given the same Crime Victim Rights Week flier for students to take home to their households. These were distributed from April 6 - 11, 2014. The third awareness event for this week was a distribution of reusable grocery store bags at two area local grocery store that contained information about CVRW 2014 and information for crime victims. Hy-Vee is a local grocery store in the Midwest. On Saturday, April 5, 2014, CVAD staff distributed 2000 shopping bag to the patrons of the store.


Johnson County District Attorney's Office, Olathe: The City of Olathe displayed a NCVRW banner outside the Courthouse. During NCVRW a local art gallery hosted the annual art exhibit, which featured art produced by victims of crime and service providers and thirty-two media outlets were sent a press release from the District Attorney’s Office. In addition, bookmarks, posters and invitations were distributed throughout the Kansas City/Johnson County area. Johnson County libraries, city halls, police departments, hospitals, local partner agencies, grocery stores & restaurants were sent posters promoting the art exhibit at which approximately 112 guests attended. Volunteer guest speaker Todd McCarthy talked to the audience about being a victim/survivor after losing his father to the Oklahoma City bombing. Guests were given water bottles printed with the NCVRW logo.


The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc., Lowell: CHH implemented the “Battle for Justice, “ in collaboration with CHH’s partnerships with the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), Lowell Community Health Center's Teen Block, The Vocational School, Lowell High School, The Boys and Girls Club and several local colleges. The goal of the program was to bring all young victims of crime out of the shadows and inform the whole community about information and resources about all the types of crime young people experience. The “Battle for Justice” was a contest open to youth in the community to express their experiences as victims of crime and share their knowledge through art, music and words. The contestants attended a one-day event held during Crime Victims' Week. All contestants were given awards and the winners were invited to present their work across the community at the various schools and youth organizations to further spread the knowledge.


Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Detroit: A community event was held on April 12, 2014, in Detroit, Michigan. The event consisted of performers giving a 2-minute skit on how victim rights have evolved to restore the balance of justice for each type of victimization. The performers had a sign over their faces to symbolize, “voiceless,” “faceless,” and “right-less,” victims. Each performer spoke on their victimization, reciting a scenario from the past and present to illustrate how the laws and services have changed. Information and resources were distributed.

Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Midland: A team of community organizations held a victim rights event on April 10, 2014. During the event participants experienced the successes and difficulties of being a crime victim, each receiving a card with one of 30 different scenarios, (to mark the 30th anniversary of VOCA.) Participants visited each table of service providers as they travel through their recovery process, providers stamped their cards as they came through, with the first 100 people to complete their card receiving a goodie bag. The event concluded with community leaders speaking about the Victims’ of Crime Act and how it influences their work.


Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Red Lake: National Crime Victims' Rights Week was highlighted with a community walk and gathering on Friday, April 11,2014. T-shirts were distributed to walkers. Opening speaker, Larry Stillday, presented "Crime Victims' Rights and Ojibwe Traditions." The day also included two panel discussions: "Crime Victims' Resources" presented by a panel consisting of the Red Lake General Crime Advocate, an FBI Victim Witness Specialist, a US Attorney Victim Witness Consultant, a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, the Red Lake Prosecutor's Office and a victim/survivor(s). In a second panel, the Red Lake Captain of Police discussed police officers as first responders and officer sensitivity to crime victims; a Red Lake Criminal Investigator and an FBI Special Agent discussed the process of investigation. Included in the public gathering were displays and information packets. A Native American drum group provided traditional Ojibwe honor songs at the beginning of the walk and at the gathering.

CLUES - Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio, Minneapolis: CLUES implemented a comprehensive awareness campaign targeting Latino families in Minneapolis during the National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), April 6-12, 2014. CLUES Crime Victims Awareness Campaign and Resource distribution engaged clients, partners, stakeholders, and the local school district to recognize the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in community neighborhoods and throughout society, building awareness of the resources and supportive services available for victims of these crimes, and honor members of the community who have lost their lives as victims of abuse. In addition, a community vigil was held on April 11th. Un Mejor Maiiana Campaign featured a citywide drawing contest, an awareness campaign, and a community resource fair and panel discussion, culminating in a neighborhood vigil to honor those whose lives have been lost as victims to domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or child abuse

New Horizons Crisis Center, Marshall: New Horizons Crisis Center’s implemented four activities to recognize NCVRW: (1) Advertised/promoted awareness on Facebook (2) Radio advertisements promoting the services of New Horizons Crisis Center. (3) Theatre advertisements will began running at the Marshall 6 Theatre the week before NCVRW, and continued for 28 weeks. The advertisement focused on all crime victims' rights, and included all types of crimes. (4) Coffee sleeve advertisements specially designed to promote NCVRW.

Pillsbury United Communities: Brian Coyle Center, Minneapolis: CAP funds were used to promote awareness among residents of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis of the rights of, and services available to, crime victims. The Brian Coyle Center organized and held a public resource fair, youth art activity, and a candlelight vigil, that reached a large number of people in the Cedar- Riverside neighborhood.


The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention, Hattiesburg: To recognize NCVRW the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention held the following events: April 7: Promotional event held at Marlins Restaurant. Gave out shirts, fans, cups, etc. with invitations to vigil. April 8: Keynote speaker at afternoon event at University of Southern Miss./ Vigil was held later that night as a Community event with Keynote speaker. April 9: Mayor's proclamation at Laurel MS April 11: Triad/SALT event with display, gave out promotional items, information booth April 16:Mayor's proclamation at Hattiesburg, MS April 29-30 Distributed material and information at Wayne County Resourse fair and Law Enforcement training. May 2: Distributed information and promotional items at Break The Silence awareness event on University of Southern Miss Campus. May 3: Distributed at BIG T golf Tournament in Lamar County, MS.


VictimNet, Independence: VictimNet hosted a combination resource fair, awards ceremony, survivor testimony and memorial walk at the Jackson County Courthouse located in downtown Kansas City Missouri. The event featured a series of victims/survivors of various crimes who shared their individual stories. The event featured four speakers and the Jackson County Elected Prosecutor, and the US Attorney for the Western District. The MyARTS program which is a haven for at risk youth collaborated on an art project entitled, “Hope Finds a Way” to commemorate this year’s theme. The event was promoted through a billboard, mailings and other printed materials.


Montana Board of Crime Control, Helena: A public event was held in Missoula on April 8, 2014 and in Billings on April 10, 2014. These events were open to the public and held at the county courthouses. Advertising for these events occurred through television PSAs, letters to the editor, and paid advertisements in local newspapers. Direct service providers were asked to spread the word to their victims/survivors to participate and share their stories of courage during these events.


City of Beatrice, Beatrice: CAP funds were used to implement four billboards on display during the month of April 2014, throughout Gage County. The billboards utilized artwork from the NCVRW resource guide and listed the name of victim service programs with the phone number. In addition, grant funds were used to purchase promotional items, such as pens and personalized note pads, printing of brochures, business cards and posters, which were then distributed to the public and partner agencies in gift bags the week prior to National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The brochures include the types of services provided to all crime victims. In addition, materials were distributed on April 12th at a community health fair.


Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services, Winnemucca: NCVRW CAP funds supported a media campaign and community park celebration, building awareness for child abuse, teen dating violence, elder abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. The “Restoring the Balance to Justice” media campaign began April 1, 2014, and was publicized throughout the month through: a city billboard, public service announcements, community presentations, posters, and city banners. NCVRW public service announcements began April 1, 2014 and ran through April 30, 2014. The public service announcements were recorded by survivors of abuse, and directed community listeners to the WDVS and NCVRW websites as well as publicized crisis numbers. Community presentations were given throughout the month of April, and the end of the month was marked by a celebration at a local museum, where resources were distributed.

New Jersey

Speicher-Rubin Women's Center for Equity and Diversity, Jersey City: National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2014 at New Jersey City University, in collaboration with the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office: Office of Victim Witness Advocacy included: 1. A full day conference, raising awareness and providing resources was held on April 4th, 120 individuals were in attendance; 2. A vigil, which was held on April 17th, on campus in memory of all victims of crime who have had their lives taken from them, and; 3. An LGBT film screening was held on campus, increasing awareness of a specific area of crime victimization.

New Mexico

Mesilla Valley CASA, Inc., Las Cruces: The Victim's Rights Week walk was held on April 12, 2014 at Klein Park in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The walk began with speakers from within the community that included state and federal judges, commissioners, representatives, the District Attorney and other dignitaries, as well as speakers who are survivors of violent crime. Victims spoke of the crime that was committed against them and how they were able to overcome their situations and gain strength through the justice system. Organizations were available to help educate and provide resources for the public. Following the walk a moment of silence was held to honor the children and other victims who have lost their lives due to child abuse and other violent crimes. Funds were used to advertise the NCVRW walk throughout Dona Ana County on posters, newspaper and radio. T-shirts, ribbons, magnets for vehicles and bracelets were distributed to those in attendance.

Haven House, Inc., Rio Rancho: Haven House conducted an awareness campaign in March and April focused on raising awareness about victims' rights, specifically regarding domestic violence. The awareness campaign included brochures, newsletters and other outreach activities such as radio and newspaper ads, aimed at educating the public about the warning signs of domestic violence, teen dating violence, workplace violence, and identifying children who might be living in a violent home. Safety cards with safety plans in both English and Spanish were produced along with other victim’s rights materials, and targeted traditionally under-served and under-represented rural communities.

New York

Mental Health Association in Genesee County, Batavia: Under direction of the coalition, a strategically planned week to promote awareness of rights and services for victims of all types of crimes was implemented to capture all segments of the Genesee County Community. A main focus of the week was to direct people to a new website that will highlight victim service agencies on the local, state and national level. The coalition focused on the following activities: 1) Community Events: Opening Ceremonies/Flag Raising/Guest Speaker, Criminal Justice Day/Education for the Community, Open House at the Justice For Children Advocacy Center (with other victims service organizations participating/attending), Criminal Justice Advisory Council Annual meeting and the Friday night Awards Ceremony/Silent Walk. 2) Mass Media Advertising: including the development of a website that provided Genesee County & Western NY with a comprehensive list of services for victims of all types of crimes. Newspaper/radio/online ads promoting activities during NCVRW and the new website. 3) Production and distribution of printed materials - Bookmarks promoting NCVRW and rights and services for victims, were distributed through a partnership with the Local Library System and all NCVRW weekly activities.

New York Crime Victims' Assistance Task Force, Saratoga Springs: The brick dedication ceremony, which took place on April 11, 2014, was the statewide event for National Crime Victims' Rights week, and included participation from victims and service providers throughout New York’s counties and regions. In the immediate area of the Capitol Region, a local community calendar of events was created and mass distributed via media packets, postal and e-mail distribution and radio and television public service announcements. The ceremony and all related materials created via the Task Force focused on NCVRW theme, "30 Years: Restoring the Balance." The ceremony was coordinated with other local and regional NCVRW activities. An event program was produced to ensure that families and victims who attend the event could locate their individual brick within the walkway. Flowers were purchased for victims and their families to dedicate and honor their loved ones brick.

The Korean American Family Service Center, Flushing: During the 2014 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 6-12, 2014), KAFSC promoted crime victims' rights and raised public awareness by partnering with local community organizations and holding a “National Crime Victims' Rights Week” rally in Flushing, NY. At the event promotional items were distributed to equip passersby with critical service information. The rally showcased a silent drama, which was choreographed and performed by the agency’s Youth Community Project Team. Leaders of community partner organizations spoke at points in the program to highlight resources that are available and rally the community to take a stand against crime. Promotional items and resource cards were distributed throughout the program.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester, Inc., Rochester: During the week of April 21st-April 27th CCCS of Rochester (CCCSR) coordinated a one-day, resource-fair offered to the community, and bringing together local agencies offering vital services to crime victims. The event included: vendor tables manned by local service providers, a panel discussion about crime victim's rights, and breakout sessions regarding: crime victim resources, ID theft protection, avoiding financial scams, and property protection. Event promotions utilized this year's theme “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice” via promotional flyers, informational brochures, and radio advertisements that were produced with input from agencies participating in the NCVRW Resource Fair and resident crime victims enlisted from local crime victim coalitions. Radio advertisements were aired throughout the week leading up to the event on a local radio station.

North Carolina

Community Boys & Girls Club, Wilmington: Community Boys & Girls Club conducted a poster contest targeting youth throughout the New Hanover and Brunswick Counties. Information on the event was shared in local print, public service announcements, flyers and at local community organizations. Funds were used for advertising, a balloon release to honor victims and training to stop the violence, including gang activity, bullying & cyber bullying.

Destined To Win Ministries, Winterville: Evangelist Terry Morris, a 20-year educator and a crime victims’ activist, spoke at a public event about the crimes of conspiracy, abduction, kidnapping, slave trafficking, wrongful imprisonment, and robbery. Victims were given the opportunity to share from their point-of-view. Volunteers distributed event calendars, ribbon cards, brochures, and referral list to the general public in three counties. At another event later in the week, the theme video was played and discussed and recognition was given to the Attorney General, FBI, and local law enforcement for their contribution in the capture and conviction of criminals. The “30 years 30 ways” brochure was given, explained, and feedback requested from any who had been assisted. An Ayden Police Department officer came and shared national, state, and local crime statistics and informed victims and the public of services that can be requested from the police department and other organizations. On Friday, Bishop Willie Baker of Greater Life Ministry spoke to the victims and general public and the Attorney General, FBI, and law enforcement were again recognized for their contributions.

NC Victim Assistance Network, Raleigh: On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, IAC hosted the Crime Victims' Rights Week Event at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, NC. The event began with training on the topic of commercial sexual exploitation of children. After the training, an event was held in which attendees, crime victims and survivors, council members, crime victim advocates, and the general public can meet and exchange information. A collage of pictures of crime victims submitted by attendees was on display during the reception. It served as a “memorial” to honor the families in attendance The ceremony consisted of an opening by a high school honor guard, a special victim presenter, a keynote homicide survivor, a short memorial video that included pictures of crime victims incorporated into the 2014 theme DVD, a memorial flower ceremony and musical interludes by a youth choir.


Lorain County Domestic Violence Task Force, Lorain: The Lorain County Domestic Violence Task Force (LCDVTF) Subcommittee on Outreach to the Faith Community organized a candlelight vigil and balloon release during National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The vigil focuses on all crime victims' rights. Other community agencies were invited to take part in the vigil and faith leaders representing churches from every corner of Lorain County participated in the planning of the event, inviting their congregation to each take a meaningful role in the events of the day.


Kaw Nation, Kaw City: The Kaw Nation held an awareness event on April 10, 2014. The event brought together internal and external agencies including tribal, state, local and municipal law enforcement agencies, court representatives, advocates, faith-based partners, survivors of abuse, program staff, and others who are invested in the issue of justice and services for victims. The event featured education and awareness speakers and culminated with the release of balloons in honor or in memory of victims of abuse.

Native Alliance Against Violence, Oklahoma City:


Oregon Department of Justice, Crime Victims' Services Division, Salem: CVSD invited District Attorney Victim Assistance Programs (DAVAP) from all counties across the state to partner with survivors and community based victim services programs in producing and airing PSAs for their local areas. The PSAs were featured on the CVSD web site. For the first time, CVSD used live web streaming to broadcast the annual crime victims’ rights week commemoration ceremony, making it available, in real time, to victims and community partners who were not able to attend the ceremony in person. DAVAPS, community based victim services programs and law enforcement agencies that were not able to attend the ceremony hosted events in their local area featuring the live webcast of the commemoration ceremony. CVSD made a video of the event and posted it in a public location for later viewing. Additionally, CVSD produced and distributed materials (posters) that provided education about Crime Victims' Compensation and promoted attendance at CVSD's annual crime victims' rights commemoration ceremony.


Berks County District Attorney's Office, Reading: During the entire month of April, Berks County DA conducted a mass media campaign, including placing NCVRW artwork/ads on the following: mass transit; inside bus shelters; movie theatres; on the movie theatre internet site as web banners; on placemats used in local diners throughout Berks County, and on coffee sleeves used in local coffee shops. The materials had the NCVRW 2014 theme. On Wednesday, April 9, 2014 a resource fair was held in the courthouse, and on April 12th a resource fair was held at a local mall. Information tables were set up by the following agencies: District Attorney's Victim/Witness Unit, Juvenile Probation Victim/Witness Unit, Area Office on Aging, Children's Alliance Center, Human Trafficking Coalition, and Children and Youth Services. NCVRW CAP funds were used to order materials (pens and recyclable bags) that promoted NCVRW. In addition, bookmarks were distributed that listed the services available to all crime victims in Berks County.

Center for Victims, Pittsburgh: Center for Victims worked directly with the Allegheny County District Attorney, Stephen Zappala, in organizing a press conference and an awareness event in Pittsburgh’s Market Square District in honor of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week. Also, we partnered with WPXI news station to run two different online ads (one display ad and one banner ad) for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week for the entire week of April 6-12. Press release and a media advisory were sent to all major TV stations and newspapers twice prior to our awareness event. The press conference attracted Pittsburgh 4 major news stations (WTAE, KDKA, WPXI) in addition to Pittsburgh’s City Paper, WESA Radio, and Trib Total Media. D.A. Zappala talked about Center for Victims services and rights, as did our President and CEO, Laurie MacDonald. Center for Victims staff set up four informational tables that surrounded Market Square and awareness materials were distributed to approximately 200 individuals. Activities included a Balance beam, hula-hoops, and balance balls encouraging individuals to “restore their balance” and celebrate 30 years.

Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County, New Castle: This year the Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County partnered with New Castle YMCA and New Visions for Lawrence County to present a full day of public awareness and activities for all ages. The Crisis Shelter’s Victims’ Rights Awareness Day, Party in the Park for Justice, began at 11:00am April 26th, 2014 at the New Castle YMCA Healthy Kids Day by facilitating victim’s rights activities where participants identified local resources and how they can help (including first responders, local law enforcement, the criminal justice system and victim’s services). At 2:00pm the Crisis Shelter began registration for its Walk for Justice. Walkers included participants from Healthy Kids Day, students from local Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) clubs, and other community members. Upwards of 150 walkers walked through downtown New Castle with their victims’ rights awareness signs in hand across town to River walk Park for our Party in the Park for Justice event. All walkers received free victims’ rights bags filled with a water bottle and other printed materials outlining information on victims’ rights and services. Immediately following the walk, students from local SAVE clubs performed a skit for the audience depicting what it is like to be a victim of crime. Other participants included a officer who spoke about law enforcement’s role in aiding crime victims and the Lawrence County’s District Attorney who spoke about his office’s commitment to seeking justice for victims of crime. An audience of approximately 350 individuals was there for the presentation. Other activities included children and families planting seeds for justice in small flower pots where they learned about victims’ rights and services, victims’ rights trivia and a prize wheel where participants won victim’s rights t-shirts, water bottles, bags, USB drives and other items and information tables by the Crisis Shelter and Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office.

South Dakota

Winner Resource Center for Families, Winne: The Center hosted a Resource Fair that was open to the public to further awareness of crime victims' rights and community resources. The Winner Resource Center printed NCVRW flyers from the resource guide, printed and distributed laminated cards with Crime Victims' Rights and distributed brochures and crime victims' compensation information. Eight agencies participated in the Resource Fair at which T-shirts printed with NCVRW theme were given away to participants. The Center utilized the NCRVW Resource Guide and printed customized posters and distributed them into the three counties served by the Center. The Center placed the theme poster in a poster frame and hung in each of the three Courthouses and provided information at each location on crime victims' rights. The Center advertised victims' rights week via radio ads and advertised the Resource Fair in the newspaper. The Center also posted the Resource Fair and NCVRW on the Center's Facebook page and hung two banners utilizing the NCVRW Resource Guide in each entrance of the courthouse. The Center also placed lawn signs utilizing the NCVRW materials at each entrance of the courthouse.

Working Against Violence, Inc., Rapid City: WAVI partnered with other CARE Team agencies and hosted an event on April 10th, 2014. A victim impact panel provided commentary and allowed for questions related to crime victim rights, advocacy, challenges, and triumphs. A representative from Mothers Against Drunk Driving discussed their work with crime victims. Additionally, we had a special presentation by Spoofed, a traveling drama troupe from Mitchell High School in Mitchell, SD. Spoofed presents original plays and skits which tackle tough subjects affecting today's youth, such as family violence, sexual assault, bullying, and substance abuse. The students performed two skits to luncheon attendees and gave a brief overview of their mission. CAP grant funds were used to advertise the luncheon with a print ad in the Rapid City Journal, a flyer in the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Mailing Pack, and with PSAs on Black Hills Fox and KOTA Television stations.

Avera St. Mary’s Hospital d/b/a Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center, Pierre: On Sunday, April 6th the Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center (CSDCAC) hosted an event to recognize rights and services for the victims of crime in South Dakota. Agencies within the 24-county- region that work with the CSDCAC were invited and recognized. The T.F. Riggs High School students volunteered their talents and canvas art were also recognized, with their guardians, during the event. The general public was invited to tour the CSDCAC and meet and greet with the agencies in the state that provide services for victims of all types of crime. The CSDCAC advertised by means of newspaper, radio, television ads, invitations and fliers, and social media representation.


Haven House, Alcoa:

You Have the Power, Nashville: You Have the Power and collaborating Tennessee agencies organized a multimedia NCVRW campaign including rotating digital billboard ads in several Tennessee counties as well as a multimedia presentation that was shared on the websites of participating organizations, community groups and social media. The billboards and multimedia presentations raised general public awareness about major victim issues, including: child abuse, sexual assault, internet safety, domestic violence, and elder abuse. The overall theme of the presentations was "30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice."


Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas, Inc., Mount Pleasant: On Saturday morning April 6th SAFE-T and CASA cosponsored the first " Superhero Run and Superhero Family Walk". The run was a 5k and the walk was a 1k. Walkers and runners dressed up as their favorite super heroes to participate. T Shirts were given to all participants and in some cases worn in place of costumes. A banner at the registration table identified "National Crime Victim's Rights " using theme colors. In Lamar County candlelight vigil for victims was held along with the distribution of crime victim information cards. SAFE-T provided silent witnesses, which are life size cut out figures of victims who have been killed by an intimate partner. A plaque on the red painted figure depicted the story of the victim. In addition, a survivor told their story.

Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, Dallas: CAP funding was used to purchase flash drives and lanyards with the Crime Victims' Rights Week logo, the DARCC logo and the logo of Family Compass. The flash drives / lanyards were provided to participants at the NCVRW community ceremony. The Ceremony was hosted by the Crime Victims Council for Dallas County and has been held annually since it was founded in 1998. For 2014, the Crime Victims Council of Dallas County will hold a community ceremony and honoring survivors/survivor families, advocates and others who serve crime victims. The event was promoted and open to the general public. Each participant received one of the flash drive/lanyard items, and the remainder of the flash drives/lanyards was distributed at the Dallas Police Department Chief on the Beat, the Words of Hope and Healing event and the Family Compass awareness event. The information on these flash drives were preloaded with pertinent Crime Victim's Rights information and information from partnering organizations.


Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services, Waterbury: NCVRW CAP funds were used to promote and enhance the general public's awareness of the rights and services for victims of all types of crime by showcasing the programs that are funded by VOCA monies in the state of Vermont through a 30 second and 60 second PSA. A 17 minute video highlighted several long-standing successful victims services programs, including the Vermont Victim Assistance Program, which places a state-based victim advocate in every county's state's attorney’s office, community-based advocates within the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Vermont Victims Compensation program. Radio and TV public service announcements were distributed and shown at a ceremony in April. In addition, interviews with local media outlets were held to highlight the many positive ways that VOCA funds impact Vermonters and their families who have experienced crime. A daylong public event was held to honor victims and survivors and the advocates who support them. The day opened with a video message from Senator Patrick Leahy and featured a morning workshop for advocates from Emma May, a leader in the anti-street harassment movement.


Avalon: A Center for Women and Children, Williamsburg: Public awareness activities included advocate recognition awards and a Candlelight Vigil/Fear-2-Freedom Rally at which six awards were presented to the winners of an art contest, to federal prosecutors and an advocate/survivor. Distributed materials included t-shirts, bracelets, pocket resource guides, posters, balloons, magnets and victims’ rights handouts. A color newspaper advertisement announcing NCVRW and activities was run as well as an ad announcing the winners of the advocacy awards and art contest.


Walla Walla Police Department, Walla Walla: Beginning in early March and continuing through mid-April 2014, partner organizations and businesses distributed information to the general public to promote awareness of National Crime Victim Rights Week. Materials were available in both English and Spanish.

West Virginia

YWCA Wheeling, Wheeling: The YWCA invited local service agencies to display their organizational information and materials in the lobby of the YWCA during NCVRW. A press release was distributed to local newspapers and radio stations one-week prior, to inform the public about the open door informational event. Each person entering the YWCA or its outreach offices received a NCVRW t-shirt. Middle and high school students participating in anti-violence awareness clubs received t-shirts to wear and created awareness by designing posters to reflect the theme “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.” Posters were displayed in the school during NCVRW and the local newspapers were contacted to inform the public about the student’s participation in recognizing crime victims.


Eau Claire District Attorney's Office Victim Witness Services, Eau Claire: Table tents were placed on a local family restaurant during NCVRW. The table tents contained the NCVRW logo, colors and theme with a ribbon placed on each table tent. A billboard commercial was played at a local movie theater and ran from April 1-15. A five- and eight-minute segment with the county Sheriff was aired for two days during a local television news program with Judy Clark on WEAU Channel 13 news. Ribbons were given to the news staff on these two days. A banner was displayed at a local food store and volunteers handed out promotional items with people making buttons and poster relating to what Crime Victims Rights’ means to them. They then designed and initialed a puzzle piece that went on the banner. A presentation on the Bill of Rights for Crime Victims was given during two class periods at a local high school at which promotional items, posters and button were distributed. Finally, inmates at the county jail designed posters with the NCVRW theme, one of which won the poster contest.

Racine County Victim Witness Assistance Program, Racine: The focus of a presentation sponsored by the Racine County Victim Witness Assistance Program for high school students and their parents was on Internet safety and protecting children from predators, pedophiles, pornographers, and bullies. A display in the country courthouse presented "Breaking the Chains of Victimization,” which consisted of 2,321 paper-linked chains containing charged felony, misdemeanor and juvenile crimes for the year of 2013. The display included a resource table with information about victims' rights, crime victim compensation, VINE, and information about other community agencies.

Douglas County District Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Services, Superior: NCVRW CAP funds were used to educate the general public in Douglas County about the rights and services available to victims of crime in our community. This was accomplished through a poster contest, awards ceremony and a billboard campaign.


Cheyenne Police Department Victim Assistance Program, Cheyenne: The Cheyenne Police Department Victim Assistance Program worked with local organizations and community colleges to promote NCVRW. Activities included hosting a community Outreach day featuring presentations from trained law enforcement officers and staff advocates and featured guest speakers, such as local survivors and victims of crime who will share their stories of survival. A Victim tribute and a domestic violence awareness night featuring the local Battered Bride Project were hosted at a local café. Attendees for both gatherings received information, cards, pens, balloons, tote bags and brochures in both English and Spanish. Promotions were also distributed through networking and presentations at area Community Colleges, local organizations and at the elderly community and nursing homes. In addition, radio PSAs in English and Spanish, newspaper ads, posters, and social media campaigns with our local news stations were also implemented