2015 Community Awareness Projects

"Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims"

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Mobile County District Attorney's Office, Mobile: The Mobile County District Attorney’s Office increased general public awareness about NCVRW through mass media advertising, a public event, through distribution of printed materials, and promotional giveaways.  The mass media advertising campaign consisted of a movie theater screening, direct mail, and advertising on restaurant napkins and pizza box stickers. Printed materials included bookmarks, posters, easel boards and note cards that were distributed and displayed in the public library, local churches and restaurants. Promotional giveaway items included draw string bags and sun catchers. Finally, a Victims' Vigil and a Community Resource Fair were held during NCVRW.

The SafeHouse of Shelby County, Inc., Pelham: SafeHouse partnered with the Central Alabama chapter of Victims of Crime and Leniency (VOCAL) to host a recognition ceremony and candlelight vigil, launching NCVRW activities. The event focused on raising awareness of the rights and services available for victims of crimes. Speakers included local law enforcement, Alabama's Attorney General, and victims and secondary victims of crime. In addition, four recognition awards were presented to outstanding victims' advocates and culminated with an outdoor candlelight vigil.


Against Abuse, Inc., Casa Grande: Beginning with a Victims' Rights Kick Off in Casa Grande and Florence, events were held throughout NCVRW, ending with the Jerry Good Victims' Rights Awareness Project. Flyers, bookmarks, bracelets, posters, resource information, ribbons, pins, and other printed material were distributed throughout Pinal County, providing information and education about victims' rights.

Mesa City Prosecutor's Office, Mesa: The City of Mesa Prosecutor's office in collaboration with the Mesa Family Advocacy Center, Mesa Police and Fire Departments, Mesa City Council, and select local nonprofit service agencies, produced and distributed printed materials, including brochures, posters and victims' rights information cards, and giveaway items, including wristbands, water bottles, magnets, pens and t-shirts. These items were distributed through the police and fire departments, the city's prosecutor's office, the Mesa Family Advocacy Center, in public buildings, local schools, businesses and service agencies. Informational booths were set up at local schools, university and college campuses.

Victim Witness Services for Coconino County, Flagstaff: Victim Witness Services hosted a free event that included a "show your heART" artistic display (art slam) with participants consisting of individuals in Flagstaff, Arizona who have been the victim of any type of crime. Each person presented their artistic ability, whether it was an exhibition of their artwork or a performance of dance/music. Each participant received a free t-shirt featuring the NCVRW logo, colors, and theme of "Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims." The artistic exhibit/presentation took place in a local downtown park. The event concluded with a nationally renowned presenter who has been affected by crime and spoke from a survivor's point of view.


Crime Victims Assistance Association of Arkansas, Little Rock: The Crime Victims Assistance Association of Arkansas (CVAAA), which represents the entire geographical area of the state, coordinated Recognition and Victims Rights Forum and a Candlelight Vigil during NCVRW. The Forum was a two-hour event with a keynote speaker who has experienced violent crime and included a presentation of awards to individuals, agencies and victims who exemplified dedication to victims' rights, concluding with the viewing of the NCVRW video. An art contest was conducted in area high schools; the top ten entries were displayed at the awards ceremony with the winning artwork imprinted on t-shirts that were given away at the events. A Candlelight Vigil for Victims and their Families honored those who were lost and recognized often underserved victims of violence, including people with disabilities, the elderly, people who are deaf, LGBTQ and people from other countries. There was an area in the center of the event where children participated in art activities.


Family Justice Center Sonoma County Foundation Board of Directors, Santa Rosa: Collaborating with 12 on-site partners, the FJCSC coordinated and connected the diverse regions and organizations of Sonoma County, increasing the general public's awareness of the rights and services available to victims of all types of crime. Activities and events for the week included information education/outreach efforts, a “Walk a Mile in her Shoes” march, and presentations about Sonoma County victims and victims' rights. The project featured articles in local newspapers; public service announcements on local radio stations including multiple live radio show interviews. Printed materials included brochures, posters and bookmarks, as well as giveaway items, consisting of t-shirts, pens, bags and pins, with the NCVRW theme, colors and contact information for crime victims, all of which were distributed to Sonoma County audiences.

Kern County District Attorney's Office, Bakersfield: The Kern County District Attorney’s Office hosted a rally, a march and a candlelight vigil to commemorate NCVRW. Ads in both English and Spanish were run in local newspapers to advertise the event to the public. Save the date cards were sent out in February to local agencies and victims of crime and invitations were sent out in March. T- shirts with the NCVRW artwork and logos for local agencies were handed out to the public to wear at the rally and the march.

Lassen Family Services, Inc., Susanville: Lassen Family Services (LFS) utilized a combination of strategies to enhance general public awareness and grow the 2015 2nd Annual Walk-A-Mile-in-Their- Shoes event. LFS and Victim Witness co-chaired the event; survivors and 18 agencies collaborated in planning for the event. As many as 25 public and private organizations joined as collaborating partners and hosted booths at the information fair as part of the event; service agencies provided volunteers. Speakers at the event's opening ceremonies included local notables, survivors willing to share their experiences, and elected officials. Both free and paid forms of mass media were utilized in generating public awareness and advertising the community event.

Marjaree Mason Center, Fresno: MMC hosted an Art Exhibit in the downtown, mural district at one of Fresno's Art Hop venues. This area of Fresno City is juxtaposed between a vibrant art community, several county and violent crime-related social service agencies and low-income neighborhoods with disproportionately high rates of victim crime; making it a geographically meaningful location to bring together residents. Local artists, social service agency providers, victims and residents at large, as well as high- crime areas were the targeted audiences for this event.


Office of the District Attorney, 7th Judicial District, Montrose: The District Attorney’s Office held various events in Delta County, Gunnison County, Montrose County, and San Miguel County. The target audiences included elementary school students, college students, Spanish monolingual populations, law enforcement and community leaders. The primary focus of the events consisted of promoting the public's awareness about rights that are afforded to victims of all types of crime, the victim service providers as well as services that are available to help assist victims in accessing these rights and services.

Two Rivers Coalition for Victim Advocacy, Glenwood Springs: Two Rivers Coalition for Victim Advocacy conducted several activities and events to bring about community awareness regarding the rights of victims, while remembering those who have been lost, injured, and/or traumatized due to a crime committed against them. A candlelight vigil took place close to the courthouse in the heart of Garfield County. A local band played prior to lighting the candles as a means to draw people to the event. Attendees were invited to bring a sign or a picture representing a loved one lost due to crime. While people were gathering for the vigil, a rock painting option was offered, as it is a custom to place a rock for someone who has been lost.  These rocks served as symbols for those in the community who identify themselves as victims of crime. The rocks were collected together to form another visual statement of the impacts crime has on the community. The project also used yard signs to represent victims of crimes committed in Garfield County and to create a visual impact for the community. In an effort to reach out beyond those that were able to make it to the candlelight vigil, an hour long discussion aired with three to five victims sharing their experiences and perspectives, with additional feedback from advocates working in the community. Radio, print ads, PSA's, website postings, social media, and posters were used to publicize the events.


Connecticut Children's Alliance, Woodstock: The Connecticut Children's Alliance (CCA) raised awareness on the effects of violence and the importance of advocating for the rights of victims/survivors of violence during NCVRW by hosting a Rights Week Speak Out and Resource Fair. This event had three parts; a resource fair, speaking portion, and pinwheel ceremony. This event occurred on first day of NCVRW, and was located on the lawn of the Capital Building in Hartford, Connecticut. The target audience consisted of community members, legislators across the state who work to serve victims of violence, victims/survivors of violence, service providers and statewide coalitions.

District of Columbia

Network for Victim Recovery of the District of Columbia, Washington: Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) participated in a Metro Action Day in which staff, volunteers and partners wearing shirts with the NCVRW theme and colors, handed out fliers, postcards and promotional materials to commuters at targeted Metro train and bus stations in high crime areas. NVRDC conducted a Twitter town hall to provide information and resources on topics such as homicide, hate crimes, sexual assault, elder abuse and identity theft. With partner agencies, NVRDC publicized and recruited for an art contest and video contest as well as hosted two family friendly art days. An Art and Video Expo, featuring a twitter town hall was held live and projected one night during NCVRW at which the art and video contest submissions were displayed and a survivor's experience was featured.

The Person Center, Washington: The Person Center is a small grass roots community organization that relies on volunteers to fulfill its mission of serving African immigrant survivors of violence and war trauma. Volunteers were recruited from many institutions such as universities and survivor groups for our community awareness project. The project reached the African immigrant community through informational resource fairs, mass media advertising and the distribution of printed materials in the Amharic, Oromo, Arabic, French and English languages.


Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc., St. Petersburg: The Area Agency of Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, through the Victim Advocacy program, hosted two public self-defense classes at local community centers, led by local law enforcement. The first 75 participants at each event were given promotional items with the NCVRW logo, theme and colors, including a backpack, safety whistle, light up flashlight necklace and sports water bottle. The events, the publicity, and the distribution of wallet-sized resource cards raised awareness of the rights and services for victims of all types of crime.

Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department, Miami: The Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department conducted an information and resource fair culminating with a recognition ceremony geared towards celebrating the success and accomplishments of victims who have changed their lives, as well as recognizing community partners/advocates whose efforts positively impacted the lives of victims in Miami-Dade County. The event increased general public awareness and knowledge about the wide range of rights and services available to individuals who have been victimized by crime. A victim services and rights resource community directory was printed and distributed as well as promotional items including pens, recycled bags/totes, key chains, magnets and bracelets were given away.

Mid Florida Community Services, Inc., Brooksville: CAC of Hernando County held a public event commemorating the beginning of NCVRW. The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony and had several resource tables from community agencies. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on the historic courthouse steps and featured resource tables with up to 30 partner agencies. Promotional items with the NCVRW logo and theme, including resource bookmarks, megaphones with the NCVRW theme and colors, buttons, bracelets, recyclable tote bags and t-shirts, were distributed. Plaques were awarded to individuals nominated for their services with crime victims.


DeKalb County Solicitor-General's Office, Decatur: The DeKalb Solicitor-General's Office conducted a one-time community-wide public event at a central location outside the DeKalb County Courthouse. The event included NAVAA's theme of “Engaging the Community. Empowering Victims” and recognized victims, families, and communities who have been tragically impacted by crime, yet turned it into something positive. The event featured survivor resiliency. Information was disseminated, including emergency/24-hour resources. Laminated cards with information on where victims can call if they require assistance or further information and packets of seeds were distributed.


Department of the Prosecuting Attorney - Victim Witness Kokua Services, Honolulu: Victim Witness Kokua Services NCVRW events included a Victims' Tribute at the City's Mission Memorial Auditorium, a Human Trafficking Webinar and Summit, a MADD Victim Impact Panel and the Keiki (Children's) Poster Contest Recognition Ceremony.  The Tribute served as an emotional memorial for crime victims and survivors that consisted primarily of victim/survivor speakers and performers.  The MADD Victim Impact Panel focused on the experiences of survivors of drunk driving crash victims and homicide victims.


Family Advocates Program, Inc., Boise: Family Advocates developed the community's first film festival focused on the issues around family violence. The NCVRW film festival allowed the local public to connect their heads with their hearts as they viewed films and then discussed the issues addressed through a moderated forum. This week long event consisted of three nights of long and short film viewing, culminating in a capstone film screening at a local theater. Each evening concluded in a discussion moderated by local experts and volunteer victims of abuse in the corresponding category. While discussions focused on the impact of abuse on children in the community, films were selected for their ability to provide a wider perspective of the issues, including domestic violence and crime victims on an international scale. Promotional materials were developed and distributed.

North Idaho Violence Prevention Center, Coeur d Alene: North Idaho Violence Prevention Center presented “Take the Challenge” for NCVRW – a creative and innovate project aimed at bringing awareness to the communities in northern Idaho; Kootenai, Bonner, Bonners Ferry, Benewah and Shoshone during 2015 NCVRW. Through a series of four events, “Take the Challenge” for NCVRW addressed a variety of topics associated with crime victims including sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, digital safety, and teen dating violence. The four events included a high school poster contest in partnership with school districts in five counties; hosting an informational community event at which the general public will be challenged to gauge their awareness on different topics; a community digital safety awareness panel in which law enforcement and advocates presented on the dangers of technology and the importance of being digitally safe; and workshops at area school districts on a number of topics related to adolescent dating violence and the importance of establishing healthy relationships.


Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County, Inc., South Bend: The NCVRW project included a week of public events throughout the community, including a youth art and essay contest, which focused on the theme "Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims." The art and essays were displayed at the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County. The week culminated with a rally and walkthrough in downtown South Bend. The rally took place at the footsteps of the St. Joseph County Courthouse. Speakers from the community addressed the public, including the St. Joseph County Prosecutor, the Mayor of South Bend, a crime victim-survivor, and a member of the local media who emceed and provided coverage. The emcee acted as host, and spoke to the history and theme of NCVRW. T-shirts with the NCVRW logo were distributed to the first 100 attendees. The event was promoted on billboards and in local print, radio and television media.

Holly's House, Evansville: NCVRW was promoted through multiple outlets. Information cards with victims' rights and community resources were distributed to law enforcement and court personnel in Vanderburgh County reaching hundreds of victims and the general public. The campaign was further enhanced by information tables at the Courthouse, Deaconess Hospital, Deaconess Clinics, St. Mary's Hospital and the University of Southern Indiana which included information from local victim service providers, posters, and giveaways, including rubber bracelets, pens, flower seeds of forget-me-nots, and coasters. Bars of soap were individually wrapped with the NCVRW logo and human trafficking hotline number, which were distributed to local hotels and businesses. The NCVRW proclamation coincided with a public training put on by Albion Fellows Bacon Center, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department, and the prosecutor’s office at Evansville's Ivy Tech location.

Legacy House, Indianapolis: Four separate events were supported in part by grant funds. These include ROCC-a-Thon, Homicide Memorial Exhibit, Panel Discussion on Media Influences, and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.  Funds were used to support signage for Homicide Memorial Exhibit and to support production of promotional items including t-shirts, wristbands, sunglasses, whistles and lanyards, all promoting NCVRW and the 2015 theme raising awareness about crime victims and victim rights.  Promotional items were distributed at all four events.


Crime Victim Assistance Division, Iowa Attorney General's Office, Des Moines: The Attorney General’s Office conducted three projects during NCVRW. The first project was called Crime Clocks at which watches, with information about victims’ rights and services, were distributed at three state university campuses. The second project was a promotional event at a local semi-professional baseball game at which the first ceremonial pitch was thrown by the state Attorney General, public announcements were made before and during the game and included electronic billboard advertising, a radio interview and an information table distributing NCVRW koozies. The third project was an awareness campaign about human trafficking and how to report it. A table was set up for three hours at the World's Largest Truck stop on Interstate 80 near the Quad Cities in East Central Iowa. Information was provided about how to recognize trafficking, and contacting the trafficking hotline. A travel mug with the NCVRW 2015 logo and the national trafficking hotline was handed out.

Crisis Intervention Service, Mason City: CIS coordinated two community resource fairs during NCVRW, one in a centrally located service area and one in the most populated county in the service area. A variety of agencies and businesses participated enabling attendees to be exposed to a comprehensive array of services. Each resource fair included a scheduled panel discussion involving local professionals who serve crime victims, including law enforcement, prosecution and victim services. The first 200 attendees at each resource fair received a t-shirt using the NCVRW logo, theme and colors. Three different flyers were printed for NCVRW. One promoted the NCVRW in general and the other two had information specific to each of the local resource fairs. CIS also purchased newspaper advertising with a focus on areas not served by the resource fairs.

Deaf Iowans Against Abuse, Cedar Rapids: Deaf Iowans Against Abuse promoted their services and NCVRW statewide through the use of local media, billboard advertisements in each of six regions across the state, a website and Facebook page, and an event called “Coffee with the Community.” A new public service announcement was developed with survivors invited to share their stories in sign language with captions. Recycled tote bags with the agency and NCVRW logo were distributed to the deaf community.  “Coffee with the Community” included representation from the US Attorney’s Office and the local police department and was well attended by members of the deaf community.

Henry County Attorney's Office, Mt Pleasant: Two events were held in Henry County during Crime Victim Awareness Week. The first event was a Symposium for all residents in Henry County to create awareness about crime victim resources and increase residents’ capacity to report crimes. Speakers discussed Iowa victims’ rights, identification theft, Internet crimes, sexual assault, child abuse, dating violence and support services. The second event was a resource fair and awareness walk at which participants were given t-shirts bearing the 2015 NCVRW theme and colors, bracelets, grocery tote bags and pens. A media campaign was held promoting NCVRW activities including banners, radio and newspaper advertisements.

Iowa City Police Department, Iowa City: The ICPD collaborated with all victim service agencies in Johnson County and organized a resource fair at the Iowa City Public Library. Victim services and victim rights information was displayed. Displays included the Silence Witness and Clothesline Project. In addition to displays, community stakeholders and leaders attended and provided short presentations highlighting victim resources. Attendees received materials informing them of victim resources in the community, and survivors and their friends and family had an opportunity to share with others. A volunteer from the Police Chaplain Service ended the program with a memorial service in honor of victims.  Billboards and posters were used to advertise the event.

Waterloo Police Department, Waterloo: Using the NCVRW theme, the Waterloo Police Department hosted a two-hour evening family-friendly event, including videos and a live demonstration of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday). The event included promotional materials and resources, including t-shirts, tote bags, pens, lip balm, and can coolers. Representatives of domestic abuse, sexual assault and child crimes advocacy agencies were available to answer questions about their services.


Friends of Yates, Kansas City: Friends of Yates held a memorial candlelight service during NCVRW to pay tribute to all those who have died and those who have been affected by violent crime. The event paid tribute to the strength and courage of Kansas City’s citizens who have been impacted by violent crime and promoted the rights of crime victims. The candlelight memorial provided family members and friends of murder victims a chance to reflect on their loved one and their loss. NCVRW CAP funds were used to purchase promotional giveaway mugs and water bottles, brochures, newspaper ads and updating of its website.

Johnson County District Attorney's Office, Olathe: Johnson County District Attorney’s Office promoted a NCVRW event, which included a free fast and fun two-hour self-defense class for victims of crime and the general public. The self-defense class covered delay and escape tactics, which are easy to learn and remember.


Kentucky River Community Care, Hazard:The NCVRW CAP grant was utilized to cover the cost of commercial development air time for a centrally located theater and air time for a local TV station. The development included the participation of approximately 100 high school students to be actors in the commercial, creating more community buy-in/ awareness. The commercial consisted of a count down opening to a view of young people sitting in a full theater, it then displayed a series of crime victim statistics, each time a percentage crossed the screen that amount of young people disappeared from the theater until very few remained in the theater shot. The portion remaining represented the few community members that were not affected by crime. The final scene was a resource page including local resource numbers, the NCVW logo and our collaborators' logo.     

Western Kentucky University Research Foundation, Inc., Bowling Green: The Center conducted an Awareness Campaign focused on raising awareness about victims' rights, specifically geared to interpersonal violence such as sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking. A public service announcement was developed in both a video and a poster campaign. The campaign focused on what to do and resource availability aimed at educating the campus and surrounding community about warning signs of Interpersonal Violence as well as the importance of bystander intervention, including definitions, examples and defining bystander intervention. The campaign was released during NCVRW to the local media, as well as social media outlets.


New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans: NOPD presented two public events: a Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Crime and a Crime Victim Outreach and Resource Fair. Both events took place on the plaza in the front of NOPD Headquarters. The target audience was family members of homicide victims, victims of violent crime and immigrant crime victims. Non-profit and faith-based organizations that assisted crime victims were invited to participate by setting up tables. Each agency was asked to nominate a family in recognition of their sacrifice. T-shirts, canvas bags, and pens were distributed as well as grief booklets for adults and children. A victims' rights card was translated into Spanish and Vietnamese.

St. Bernard Battered Women's Program, Inc., Chalmette: St. Bernard Battered Women’s Programs held two public events during which guest speakers provided presentations on victims' rights and the services provided by various agencies whose mission is to combat violence and assist crime victims. Promotional items, including keychain flashlights/whistles, totes, hand fans, rules, pencils and resource cards, were made available. The events were advertised by obtaining a spot on the United Way radio talk shows and public service announcements were provided to local newspapers and television stations.


Maine Chapter, Parents of Murdered Children, Cambridge: In April, a feature story on NCVRW was posted on PPMH’s website and throughout the month Facebook postings highlighted the schedule of events with photos; 4 letters-to-the editor were submitted. “Trees of Hope” were displayed in the waiting rooms at each of 10 PPMH health centers that serve 20,000 clients annually in 11 counties, to show support for all victims of crime. A placard in each tree described NCVRW and provided the Sexual Assault Support Services hotline number. PPMH created a display wall at Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FMCC) entitled, “Touched by Crime” during a tabling event on 4/21/15. Approximately 200 FMCC students, staff, and visitors created message of hope and healing on paper hand cutouts. The Fulton County DAs office contributed staff and hosted their own informational table. Prior to the event, informational groups were conducted with students from Gloversville High School, individuals at the Lexington Home (individuals with disabilities) and the Lighthouse (clients in addiction recovery). Information about NCVRW events and local crime statistics was shared; and participants created hand messages for the wall display. Lip balm, pens, wristbands and brochures with the NCVRW theme or logo were distributed. Penny Lacy, survivor of violent crime, spoke at FMCC on 4/22/15, and shared her story of triumph over tragedy. Prior to the event, an announcement was sent to all Human Services, Criminal Justice and Nursing classes at FMCC, and the information was displayed on the college’s electronic, roadside signage visible to the public. T-shirts and mugs with the NCVRW theme or logo were distributed. A balloon release to honor victims of crime and their families took place at the Fulton County Building in Johnstown on 4/23/15. This event was co-hosted by the Fulton County DAs office. The DA gave a proclamation, and 8 awards were given.


Community Advocates for Family & Youth, Capitol Heights: The NCVRW CAP event included a Victim Rights Awareness Walk honoring someone they know while encouraging all participants to engage in a healthy lifestyle of exercising for a cause and raise awareness. A Resource Fair was held with over twenty community organizations whose mission complements the needs of individual and families victimized by crime. A panel discussion brought awareness to diverse and intergenerational groups on victimization and survivorship rights. The Teen Talk breakout session let the youth add their voice to issues that affect them, such as bullying and dating violence. During the Resource Fair, ten finalists had their posters displayed with voting for the overall winner being voted on by attendees. The winning poster became part of a book display at a library. At the end of the day, attendees gathered to release balloons with a message inside.


City of Detroit Police Department, Detroit: The Detroit Police Department conducted an awareness fair, which the community policing liaison officers in all twelve police precincts participated. The liaison officers worked with faith based organizations to promote NCVRW by discussing victimization and passing out flyers advertising the awareness fair. The liaison officers attended each precinct’s monthly community meetings to promote attendance at the fair. At the awareness fair, the community was able to obtain victim assistance information, win prizes, receive free giveaways, listen to speakers and network with an array of organizations. Guest speakers included former victims who are professional public speakers.

Dial Help, Inc., Houghton: Dial Help hosted a victim service resource fair and awards ceremony at a central location in the downtown area that was on a major bus line route and is wheelchair accessible. At this event, local area agencies and community service partners that play a role in effectively serving the needs of crime victims were available to answer questions and give resources. During this event, tote bags containing informational brochures and victim service postcards related to Dial Help's victim support and services were given out.


CLUES - Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio, Minneapolis: CLUES Second Annual Crime Victims Awareness Campaign, Un Mejor Mañana engaged its clients, partners, stakeholders, and the local school district to build awareness and support. The project included a city-wide drawing contest for students of all ages around the importance of family safety and the development and distribution of promotional materials, including hand sanitizers, mugs and magnetic bag clips. A community awareness resource fair and panel discussion highlighted how trauma affects victims and a community vigil honoring those who have lost their lives as victims and offered healing for those family members left behind. A trained therapist guided the vigil, and each participant or family had the opportunity to light a candle and write a message or prayer about his or her loved one. The Clothesline Project was incorporated into the event, asking women to share their stories by decorating t-shirts and hanging them on a clothesline to symbolically remind those who are still suffering in silence to understand that they are not alone. The events were publicized using posters and bus shelter ads.

HOPE Center, Faribault: Pinwheels representing the approximate number of victims served each month were displayed at two locations to create awareness of NCVRW. Pinwheels were also given to supporters to place in the front lawn of their home or business as a sign of support. In addition, a children’s art contest was hosted with the winning artwork printed as a calendar. The calendars were distributed to local businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, libraries, bookstores, HOPE Center and the Rice County Attorney’s office. The artwork was also used to create bookmarks for distribution to local libraries, bookstores and local businesses. Public service announcements were run on local radio and TV as well as newspaper ads.

Mending the Sacred Hoop Inc, Duluth: Mending the Sacred Hoop sponsored a series of community events to highlight Violence Against Indian Women and to promote community awareness on the disparities that face American Indian & Alaska Native families. The first event was a theatrical performance, “Faces of Violence,” highlighting all areas of crime for American Indian & Alaska Native Women. The performance included stories written and acted by Native women on different elements of violence spanning a cross section of ages and impacts. This public event created awareness and was used to develop new partnerships in the community to educate and support a number of strategies that highlighted both the problems and possible solutions on advocating for the rights and services for survivors. Vendor tables were sponsored with information on what communities can do to address crime victim rights. “Faces of Violence” also segued into a vigil to highlight the issue of trafficking children, girls, and women. The light brigade was strategically held in a public place, and was utilized to announce “Native Women Are Not For Sale”. The week concluded with a community fire held at the beach in Canal Park, a very public and busy tourist area of Duluth. The Native Sister’s Society drummed and sang an honor song to celebrate sisterhood in advocating for voices to be heard and the community to step up and help. Information cards about trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse, assault, and exploitation were handed out.

Safe Avenues, Willmar: Safe Avenues designed and produced outdoor billboards within its 7 county primary service areas of southwestern Minnesota. The billboards were displayed during NCVRW and included a meaningful message, statistics on victimization, and contact information for each specific county.


Boone County Prosecuting Attorney, Columbia: TThe Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office promoted and implemented a 5K run/walk and ceremony to enhance public awareness of crime victims' rights and services for victims and their families in Boone County. The first 300 participants received a free commemorative t-shirt and rubber bracelet. An awards/recognition ceremony followed the 5K.

Citizens Against Domestic Violence, Camdenton: CADVNOC hosted a tri-county event on a local bridge that literally bridges all three counties in the primary service area over the lake that is the centerpiece of the community. Prior to the event t-shirts featuring the NCVRW theme on the front and a "Bill of Rights" on the back were distributed. The t-shirts were free for all interested members of the community and distributed by CADV, Kid's Harbor (a local organization that advocates for child victims of crime) and the local hospital through the Forensic Nurse Examiners. The event was open and free to the general public and those arriving at the event in a NCVRW t-shirt received a biodegradable lantern in the color representing a victim (i.e. purple for domestic violence, teal for sexual assault, etc.). Survivors shared their stories as the lanterns representing that area of crime was released. The event concluded with 250 lanterns floating into the three counties. The event was advertised on a large digital billboard near the bridge, on radio and television and in newspapers and magazines.


Winnemucca Domestic Violence Services, Inc., Winnemucca: WDVS’ NCVRW media campaign included public service announcements on a local radio station, WDVS’ website, Facebook page and Twitter, a billboard located at the busiest intersection of Winnemucca, a press release and banner ad advertised on a local online journal and articles and a press release published in the local paper of Winnemucca, Lander and Pershing County. In addition to the media campaign, WDVS hosted a recognition ceremony where plaques and certificates were presented. Finally, a community park celebration was held, including resource booths from several other community and state organizations in the tri-county area. The Nevada Outdoor School and the Life is Good Girls Club facilitated games donated by the Navy Armory for children ages 2 and up. Informative game prizes were distributed to game participants. Prizes included; Frisbees, inflatables, race car mint tins, pinwheels, insulated lunch boxes, salad shakers, and flashlight w/pen lanyard all referring community members to the WDVS and NCVRW websites and included logos for both agencies. The evening ended with an outdoor movie night for everyone where the NCVRW 5 minute video presentation played prior to the movie.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Concord: This project enhanced Victims’ Rights Day, which attracts a statewide audience and media coverage, and included a press conference led by the State Attorney General, the Clothesline Project, a victims’ memorial quilt and displays at informational tables, and a memorial service and candlelight vigil. In addition, activities included a blood drive and the screening of the film, The Hunting Ground.

New Jersey

Manavi, Inc., New Brunswick: Manavi created a poster on the rights of domestic violence victims designed to educate the South Asian community about victims' rights in the U.S. The poster design utilized South Asian themes and cultural sensibilities to make the content acceptable and appealing to the community. The poster targeted women and girls and was translated into three languages: English, Hindi, and Bengali. Both Hindi and Bengali are spoken by large monolingual segments of the South Asian community in New Jersey. The posters were distributed to South Asian community centers, grocery stores, physician's offices, places of worship, social service agencies, and other locations frequented by South Asians. Digital versions of the poster were made publicly available for download from Manavi's website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. It was also included in the newsletter, which went out to approximately 950 members.

New Mexico

Haven House, Rio Rancho: Haven House conducted a four-week radio awareness campaign announcing NCVRW and the theme: “Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.” Print materials about victims’ rights were distributed during NCVRW to local businesses, schools and rural areas including pueblos. Two tabling events during the NCVRW were held where victims’ rights materials and services available for the local area were distributed. In addition, a mass mailing of materials was sent to the Haven House mailing list about the NCVRW and victims’ rights. The Haven House website was updated with information about NCVRW, statistics and an overview about Domestic Violence Victims rights in particular and all other victims’ rights. Newspaper ads were placed about victims’ rights and NCVRW.

New York

Bronx Independent Living Services, Bronx: BILS presented victims’ rights and service information, exploring facts, fears and personal solutions through the eyes of crime and abuse victims with disabilities. Specific activities included a NCVRW theme series of well-publicized creative and informational workshops. All workshops were open to the general public. Presenters provided an overview of victims’ rights and services, drawing attention to the value of self advocacy, coping strategies, community options and resources, connecting with peers and the continuing challenges of limited housing, services for victims who are not legal residents, employment and health care. T-shirts were used as a creative means of sharing their personal stories. Immediately following NCVRW, a creative workshop for victims services recipients was held during which participants designed t- shirts pre-printed with the NCVRW theme, logo and colors, illustrating their personal thoughts and feelings about crime and abuse. Their creations were exhibited at the center throughout NCVRW and were also available for viewing at a borough-wide Crime Victims Fair.  Additionally, the creative works generated by this activity were posted on BILS Victims’ webpage and imprinted on buttons and tote bags. Informational display advertising the events were placed in the Bronx Times and announced in the community calendar sections of the Borough’s English and Spanish neighborhood newspapers. Public service announcements were distributed to English and Spanish speaking news radio outlets, flyers were printed and water bottles and buttons imprinted with victims' art, the NCVRW logo, theme and colors, and contact information were distributed.

Center for Safety & Change, Inc., New City: The Center for Safety and Change held a public event in one of the main hubs in Rockland County. The event promoted and enhanced the general public's awareness of rights of, and services for, victims of all types of crimes in conjunction with NCVRW. The event included presentations on crime statistics and crime responses and focused on crime victims’ rights from a law enforcement perspective, a presentation by a recognized speaker on crimes against the elderly and a presentation on local services available to crime victims. The program concluded with a candlelight vigil. In addition, the Center displayed a street banner, advertised in several local newspapers and distributed NCVRW brochures and giveaways.

Kings County District Attorney's Office-Victim Services Unit, Brooklyn: The Kings County District Attorney’s Office hosted a one-day event to encourage healing and awareness through art and physical activities. A chalkboard art project was set up in a centralized outdoor public area that provided Brooklyn community members the opportunity to share their visions. A chalkboard structure was created with the phrase “Community in Brooklyn means…” or “I Feel Empowered When…” and passersby were able to share how they would finish this sentence. The chalkboard was displayed at the event open to the public during NCVRW with tabling by service providers, restorative yoga and the chalkboard artwork project. The formal program included testimonials by individuals impacted by crime. Attendees were given promotional giveaways, including tote bags, stress balls, and water bottles. The event was advertised in newspapers.

Korean American Family Service Center, Flushing: KAFSC reached out to two locations by distributing information identifying crimes and resource information in Korean, Chinese, Spanish and English. The KAFSC's NCVRW campaign consisted of distribution of printed materials to reach out to the thousands of riders taking the subway and buses. KAFSC volunteers were stationed at different entry points to distribute a multilingual brochure defining crimes, and listing phone numbers and centers applicable to various crimes. NCVRW t-shirt-wearing volunteers distributed information and were available for questions and further information. KAFSC's NCVRW campaign also included a public event, distribution of printed materials and promotional giveaway items at three senior centers including a short presentation of crime victim rights.

Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, Inc, Schenectady: A week of events was held by PPMH-SASS at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. The events included a community agency tabling event at the Student Union with a portable wall to display adhesive “hands” personalized with names and messages from individuals impacted by violence. NCVRW brochures, themed pens, wristbands and mugs were distributed. Educational presentations were made on campus to criminal justice, human services and nursing classes about services and the impact of violence on individuals and the community. “Clean Slate Diaries,” a program of music, art and spoken word, to empower survivors to see that they are worthy of a clean slate was presented in conjunction with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and Fulton County Domestic Violence. A recognition ceremony was held on campus with outstanding advocates being recognized with framed certificates presented to survivors. Attendees were given a t- shirt with the NCVRW logo and invited to participate in a balloon release and group photo. The event was advertised through traditional mass media and social media.

Richmond County District Attorney, Staten Island: The Richmond County District Attorney conducted several activities during NCVRW, including a student art and poetry contest and a candlelight vigil. The purpose of the student art and poetry contests was to expand community awareness about victims' rights and services in Richmond County specifically targeting the many immigrants, including the largest Liberian community living outside of Liberia.  During NCVRW, custom color wristbands with the colors and theme of 2015 NCVRW were distributed in schools along with printed information about crime victims' rights.

North Carolina

Destined To Win Ministries, Winterville: Destined To Win Ministries increased general public awareness of crime victims’ rights and services by providing an all-day Resource Fair with brochures/handouts focusing on all types of crimes, available services, resource directories, and referrals. A candlelight vigil was held for victim/survivors of all types of crimes in conjunction with NCVRW. Newspaper ads, press releases, posters, yard signs, banners, fliers, and brochures were used to promote and enhance the general public’s awareness of the rights and services available for victims of all types of crimes. An announcement was posted on Facebook to enhance public awareness and to list the scheduled events that will be conducted during NCVRW.

North Dakota

North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Bismarck: NCVRW targeted the oil rich Bakken region of Western and Central North Dakota. Due to the oil boom, North Dakota has experienced a significant rise in many crimes including human trafficking, aggravated assault, robbery and forcible rape. A mass media advertising campaign for this area was conducted to promote public awareness of NCVRW and available resources for victims of all types of crime. The campaign included four billboards, a newspaper ad using real victim stories, posts on Facebook and a press release for local television and radio stations. Printed materials, including flyers and posters, were distributed in the Bakken region and throughout the state by local and county victim services employees and customized stickers promoting NCVRW were worn by statewide public safety employees and distributed to city, county and


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 NCVRW. The vigil focused on all crime victims' rights. Attendees were given a t-shirt with the NCVRW logo and information, as well as a message about crime victims’ rights. Faith leaders and subcommittee members were given a t-shirt to wear that makes them easily identifiable for the crowd of attendees. Event participants were given a packet of Forget Me Not seeds to plant in the spring as a symbolic reminder that we can never forget the impact crime has on individuals and the community. 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.

Victim Assistance Program, Inc., Akron: The project included two public events; the first being a candlelight vigil to honor loved ones whose lives have been affected by violence. Each attendee was given a program and a candle to light in remembrance of a loved one. The second event was a presentation depicting life through the eyes of a victim and acknowledging the evolution of victims’ rights and services in the community. The three-hour event incorporated the past, present and future into three segments. To depict the past, a retired judge spoke about the limited rights and services victims had thirty years ago leading up to today. The second segment showed the audience through live theater how each of the five Summit County victim service agencies effectively work together to help promote victims’ rights without duplicating services. The third segment included a guest speaker discussing pending legislation of enhanced victims’ rights, which will help victims for the next thirty years.


Kaw Nation, Kaw City: Kaw Nation held a 5k Color Walk/Run and an awareness event at the Kaw Nation Tribal Court Justice Center in Kaw City, OK. The event brought together agencies that have served on the Domestic Violence Prevention Coalition or have pledged to support the Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program. Participants were given a raffle ticket, from which raffle prizes, including t-shirts, jewelry, umbrellas and other handouts related to NCVRW, were drawn periodically throughout the walk/run. T-shirts were also given to each walk/run participant. Kaw Nation employees and the general public were invited to attend the event, which featured culturally appropriate education and awareness activities and a balloon release at the start of the walk in honor or in memory of victims of abuse.


Oregon Department of Justice, Crime Victims' Services Division, Salem: A public event was held at the Native American student & community center on the Portland State University Campus in downtown Portland. The event included an award for service to victims of crime, a presentation about general crime victims' rights, a panel discussion and a breakout session to discuss Sexual Assault Protective Orders and to provide more in-depth focus on victim rights. Flash drives and banners were used for promotion at the event.


Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County, New Castle: The Crisis Shelter's Crime Victim Rights awareness campaign included three major events. Party in the Park was an all-day awareness celebration which included a “Victims’ Rights Scavenger Hunt.” “Crime Victims Play” was designed to create a live look into many aspects of victims’ rights with participants acting out the entire process from the victimization through court proceedings and release from jail. A Prize Wheel game was played where all answers lead to information about victims’ rights and a Crime Victims Craft Table designed specifically for children and led by counseling staff provided an ongoing reminder about victims. The Crisis Shelter also conducted a learning session to provide four community based businesses with an opportunity to inform and highlight victims’ rights in a “carnival type” atmosphere. The news blitz included 2 half-hour radio spots highlighting victims’ rights, a full-page newspaper advertisement, newspaper “post-its” on the front page of the newspaper, three city bus advertisements and yard signs dispersed throughout the county.

Cumberland County Commissioners, Carlisle: The Victims Services Division hosted a rally followed by a one-mile evening walk through town during NCVRW. Multiple victim service agencies hosted informational tables at the rally. The District Attorney welcomed all attendees, followed by the Mayor proclaiming NCVRW and a keynote speaker. Awards were presented to those community members, victim advocates and law enforcement that have shown exceptional advocacy on behalf of victims. Following the rally program, a procession was lead through town with victims, advocates and other attendees wearing their NCVRW themed t-shirts. The one-mile walk concluded with handing out tote bags full of pamphlets and trinkets from various victim service agencies and participating local businesses.

Family Services Incorporated, Altoona: Family Services Incorporated sponsored an Altoona Curve baseball game at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Sponsoring this particular game allowed the Victim Services Program to highlight numerous types of crimes and their effects on victims as well as services available through the Victim Services Program. During the event, NCVRW displayed messages by using banners and signage throughout the ballpark featuring Family Services Incorporated, Blair Victim Witness (partner agency), and NCVRW themes and logos. A selected crime victim threw the ceremonial first pitch, and the National Anthem was sung as well as all on field entertainment was conducted by crime victims/volunteers and program staff. The sports commentator described sponsorship throughout the event and victim advocates had the opportunity to be interviewed by the commentators during the game, describing the purpose of sponsorship and highlighting the agencies providing assistance to victims of crime in the local area. A video highlighting several crime victims was displayed on the Natural Gas Field Jumbotron. Family Services and the Victim Witness Program had tables in high traffic areas with displays, providing information, and speaking with anyone who is interested in available services. Reusable bags with the NCVRW Family Services Incorporated and Blair Victim Witness logos were distributed at the information tables set up throughout the event so that attendees were able to collect information and brochures.

Victims Resource Center, Wilkes-Barre: Victims Resource Center (VRC) conducted several awareness activities and public events each promoting rights and services for victims of all types of crime in Luzerne, Wyoming and Carbon Counties. The events included a march and rally with informational tables at which victims/survivors spoke and a mock rape trial was held at Kings College focusing on students at the four universities and four colleges in the three counties. Numerous public displays were set up at various locations across the three counties using promotional and educational materials highlighting NCVRW, including a themed display in conjunction with the Shoe Project, embodying the experiences of crime victims through stories attached to the shoes, and the Clothesline Project, embodying the victimization and survival experiences of victims created on a t-shirt. Mass media advertisements, printed materials and promotional giveaway items incorporating the NCVRW theme and Victim Resource Center services were used.

Washington Co. District Attorney's Office of Victim Services, Washington: A series of small educational events in high crime areas and one large community-wide event was conducted during NCVRW. OVS staff and community members visited the meeting rooms of public housing sites with promotional giveaways and information about how to access assistance after a crime. The community- wide events included a screening of several videos made by local survivors of violent crimes. Survivors discussed the impact of the crimes committed, what rights were most important to them and the impact of the community working together. Following the screening, a ceremony recognized students who made posters and wrote essays. Attendees were invited to view all the posters, read the essays that were published in booklet format and view other artwork created by victim/survivors.

Women's Center of Montgomery County, Elkins Park: A 15-second on-screen ad promoting the Women’s Center’s services was displayed at two multi-screen movie theaters and a smaller theater during April. In addition, two membership-based community movie theaters ran the ads and included a print ad in their member magazine and website. The project also built on the existing partnership with the county’s Meals on Wheels program to design food packaging and wrappers with messages that promoted awareness about elder abuse and domestic violence with the goal of helping potential victims self-identify through examples of what constitutes abuse. Finally, resources, information and giveaway items, such as whistle/LED light keychains and Forget Me Not seed packets, were distributed at a Battle of the Bands/Talent show at a local concert venue.

South Dakota

Working Against Violence, Inc., Rapid City: WAVI partnered with collaborating agencies to host an event that included a proclamation of NCVRW by a city official and the presentation of the annual Victims' Champion Award and Voice for Victims Awards. The Victims' Champion award is given to an individual or group whose work has furthered awareness and shown excellence in service for crime victims in South Dakota. The Voice for Victims award is given to a crime victim whose work as a survivor has a positive impact on the community. The project also included a middle school student public service announcement contest for students enrolled in video production classes. The PSAs utilized the theme of NCVRW and was posted on the websites of participating organizations and social media pages. The contest winner was announced at a ceremony at which their award was presented. The winner’s video was aired on local television stations for three days after the event.


The Florence Crittenton Agency, Knoxville: In collaboration with state and community victim serving agencies, the Florence Crittenton Agency hosted an informative candlelight memorial and huge public awareness event, focusing on the NCVRW theme and honoring victims of crime targeting the general public, victims of crime, witnesses to crime, family and friends of crime victims, especially targeting crime victims under age 18. A NCVRW themed billboard, public service announcements and brochures advertised the event. Service providers set up exhibit tables with informational materials and staffed by professionals willing to talk with attendees and make referrals to appropriate agencies. A very large screen movie projector and sound system was used for continuous videos of victims, witnesses, friends and family discussing what happened, their feelings and thoughts and services that helped them move on with their lives, interspersed were videos on how law enforcement should respond, mental health trauma information and hotline numbers. Balloons were provided for family, friends and living victims of crime and released as a memorial to what has been lost, flashlights lit to represent hope.

The H.O.P.E. Center, Inc., Athens: H.O.P.E conducted two victim’s rights awareness programs during Victim’s Rights week.  One was held on April 20th at the Bradley County Courthouse plaza.  This event included, two guest speakers, District Attorney General of the 10th Judicial District Steve Crump and Criminal Court Judge Sandra Donaghy, prior to their election both had been advocates for victim’s rights.  Victim’s spoke about their experiences and were ask to do shirts to be included in the clothesline project on display.  The evening concluded with a candle light vigil to honor and remember victims of crimes. The second event was held on April 24th at the McMinn County Court house.  The agenda was the same, with victims speaking out and concluded with a candlelight vigil. 


Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Houston: AVDA conducted a community awareness event organized through AVDA’s Youth & Outreach Program that was open to families and organizations in the community and allowed the participation of AVDA's primary beneficiaries (victims and children). Prevention and intervention to Harris County youth, specialization in working with at-risk youth, and expanding upon AVDA’s current Teen Abuse Prevention Program within the Juvenile Probation Department were priority goals of the program. The community awareness event was open to families and organizations in the community. Community organizations including service providers and schools were invited to participate by staffing tables and showcasing informational materials. Publicity measures included coverage in local newspapers, flyers and advertisements through media outlets. T-shirts and community awareness event flyers were distributed and drawstring bags were used to hold handouts and other giveaways.

Friendship of Women, Inc., Brownsville: Victims, victims’ rights, and available service providers held a four-hour resource fair during NCVRW at a local public park in Brownsville, Texas where local victim service providers, allied professionals, and community partners provided essential information on the issues faced by victims. Information provided at this resource fair included printed material on the Victims’ Bill of Rights, information and statistics on crimes and crime victims impacting the community, and listings of local resources. Age appropriate materials were provided to children. Newspaper ads, radio airtime, television interviews and announcements, billboards and social media were used to help raise awareness and to promote NCVRW and the resource fair. Promotional giveaway tote bags filled with informational brochures on local and statewide resources were given to community members, collaborative partners, local businesses and visitors to the Community Center at the beginning of the month. T-shirts displaying the NCVRW theme, logo and colors were given to attendees during the resource fair.

Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas, Inc., Mt. Pleasant: Public event activities included the Second Annual Super Hero 5K and Fun Run held in Mt. Pleasant, TX targeting the communities of Camp, Morris, and Titus Counties. Attendees were encouraged to dress up as their favorite super hero. Each attendee received an event specific t-shirt, promoting NCVRW, that was worn in place of costumes. The event was promoted via public service announcements through the local news media; flyers distributed throughout the communities, and postings on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets. SAFE-T staff in Lamar and Red River Counties participated in a candlelight vigil for crime victims. Information about NCVRW and brochures about various services were available and advocates were on hand to provide information and answer questions. SAFE-T staff in Hopkins, Lamar, Red River, and Titus Counties participated in Kids’ Safe Saturday at which crime victims’ rights materials were distributed. Promotional materials at all events included pencils, pens, rulers, hand fans and tattoos.

The Women's Shelter of East Texas, Inc., Lufkin: The Family Crisis Center of East Texas conducted a mass media advertising campaign in Angelina and Nacogdoches County, the two largest counties served by the Family Crisis Center of East Texas, in the month of April.  It included magazine ads, billboards, radio public service announcements, and social media.

Women's Center of East Texas, Inc., Longview: The Women's Center of East Texas, Inc. hosted five "Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims" Information & Resource Fairs with a recognition ceremony to promote and enhance the general public's awareness of rights and services for victims of crime. The resource fairs were held during NCVRW. WCET collaborated with victim service providers within Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Upshur, Rusk and Panola Counties. WCET provided an open ballot where each of these agencies nominated individuals whom they would like to receive a Crime Victims Service Award. WCET targeted the general public, victims of crime, college students and victim service professionals. Each participant received a tote bag containing victim rights awareness brochures. WCET promoted the event using newspaper ads, press releases, interviews, event brochures, flyers and social media.


Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services, Waterbury: The Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services hosted an annual Crime Victim Rights Week award ceremony and celebration on April 9, 2015.  The morning workshop was for victim advocates and included an afternoon keynote and awards ceremony.  Approximately 100 people attended and Anne Seymour served as the guest speaker.


Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorneys' Office, Charlottesville: The Albermarle County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office conducted a Community Day in which information on services available for the victims of all types of crimes was provided and public awareness of victims’ rights promoted. Activities included a poster public service announcement contest for middle school students. The Community Day included crime prevention activities, such as fingerprinting of children, a distracted driving simulator, and K9 demonstrations by Theo, the courthouse dog. Promotional items included lanyards, stadium cups, hand sanitizers, sticky pads (with messages), magnets and pens. The event was advertised on radio and television.

Chesapeake Sheriff's Office Victim/Witness Assistance Program, Chesapeake: The Victim Witness Assistance Program hosted a ceremony honoring all crime victims. The ceremony featured a survivor of crime as the guest speaker. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, as well as the Victim/Witness Program gave out awards to crime victims for their bravery and courage. Each guest was invited to tie a ribbon on a tree in recognition of either being a victim or having a loved one that has been victimized by crime. Three billboards were rented to advertise and raise awareness of NCVRW. Promotional items, such as tote bags, pens, cups, hand sanitizer, key chains with the NCVRW logo, and plants were given to all in attendance at the ceremony and displayed in the court building during the week.

Crisis Center, Bristol: The Crisis Center held its 5th Annual Clothesline Project celebration of violence survivors. The event included musicians, storytellers, spoken word artists and poets. Community agencies were represented and carnival style games, such as beanbag toss games and carnival table tennis toss games were played as a way to distribute information. The event also included a trivia game with questions about the crime victims’ movement that participants played throughout the day to win small prizes. The event emcee was a local celebrity who runs the open mic night at the pub. While the Clothesline Project and the Silent Witness art installations are specifically focused on violent gender based crimes, the event honored all crime survivors. Promotional items included pens, beverage insulators, coasters, totes, wristbands, and whistle/key chains.


Lutheran Community Services Northwest, SeaTac: LLutheran Community Services Northwest conducted transit-advertising campaigns in Clark, Cowlitz, and Spokane Counties increasing statewide public awareness of rights and services for victims of all types of crimes. The transit ads highlighted the 24-hour Crime Victim Service Center Crisis Line and incorporated the NCVRW colors, logo and message. LCSNW also ran a Facebook promotional advertisement during NCVRW in order to reach individuals who are not mobile or who are unable or do not wish to leave their homes for safety and other reasons.


People Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse, Jefferson: PADA created a series of three videos to raise awareness of domestic abuse, dating violence, stalking, and sexual abuse in Jefferson County. The videos used the NCVRW theme of "Engaging the Community. Empowering Victims" by focusing on three areas: victims/survivors, the justice system, and service providers. Each video was approximately 2-3 minutes in length. Local survivors, justice system employees and service providers were invited to participate in the filmed interviews to discuss their experiences, roles and how they have “engaged the community and empowered victims.” The videos premiered at a public community reception where the entire community was invited and those who appeared in the videos were invited to be part of a discussion panel. The videos were also made available online and through local public access channels.

TimeOut Family Abuse Shelter, Inc., Ladysmith: A tri-county coalition hosted the first annual community awareness event during NCVRW. This consisted of three public awareness/outreach events taking place in local grocery stores, which are the most popular community gathering places across the tri-county service area in northwest Wisconsin. The events featured the distribution of refrigerator magnets and reusable grocery bags promoting NCVRW and provided contact information of the Coalition members.

Wood County Victim Witness Services, Wisconsin Rapids: Wood County Victim Witness Services engaged in a campaign including media advertising, promotional giveaways and printed materials. Movie theater ads were shown at cinemas in the two largest cities in the county and vinyl banners were hung from the light poles in the city. A circular car magnet using the NCVRW theme and colors was produced and given to each of eight law enforcement agencies, including the Ho Chunk Nation, to be placed on each squad car. Extra magnets were displayed in the Wood County Courthouse.


FOCUS, Inc., Newcastle: FOCUS, Inc. chose PhotoVoice as the activity for NCVRW.  PhotoVoice is a visual representation of an idea or event.  Many people – seniors, youth, males, females, minorities, community partners, law enforcement, and family members - were interviewed.  From those interviews staff worked with the persons and their storyboards were developed.  Some worked as a group – such as the youth group.  Topics of domestic violence, robbery, battery, bullying, suicide, animal abuse, and community disaster are all represented in the storyboards.  Finally, ten storyboards were created and printed.  These storyboards were unveiled at the FOCUS event.  Crime affects everyone: not just the primary victim, but also the secondary victim - the aftermath of a crime is far-reaching.  The storyboards demonstrated that across-the-board extent through pictures.   FOCUS, Inc.’s NCVRW event was Tuesday April 21st, 6:00 pm at the Weston County Senior Center.  Bob Bonnar, NLJ editor, was the presenter.  The creator shared storyboards and their corresponding stories, some anonymously.   Each story was powerful and generated emotional responses from the audience.  About 60 were in attendance to celebrate Engaged Communities Empowered Victims.   Following the event, the StoryBoards were on display throughout the community and statewide at conferences and meetings

Teton County Victim Services, Jackson: Teton County Victim Services hosted a Victims' Rights Art Gala, a public celebration of artwork created by community members around the themes of crime victimization and healing from such trauma. Local artists of all ages, orientations, backgrounds and ethnicities were engaged to artistically explore how crime has impacted them and illustrate the diversity of crimes that impact the community, as well as the resources that have supported them in the aftermath. The pieces were shown and celebrated at the Victims' Rights Art Gala, an evening event open to the public. The Gala included both mass media advertising, calling for art pieces as well as the Art Gala event itself in local newspapers and social media. In order to include younger members of the community and their families, a poster contest on the NCVRW theme was conducted in the local schools. Small prizes were awarded for excellent work in each grade level, kindergarten through 5th grade. Their artwork was scanned and projected on a screen at the Art Gala encouraging the children and their families to celebrate their hard work and engagement with the NCVRW theme. Art pieces by middle and high school students were also accepted and they were invited to display their work with the adults at the evening show. All contributors were invited to write a brief explanation of their piece and explain how it represents the impact of crime victimization and how it relates to the NCVRW theme.