National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Proclaimed in New Hope
Posted on 04/09/2019
New Hope City Council proclaimed this week, April 7-13, as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), at the April 8 City Council meeting. New Hope is raising awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available.

According to the most recent Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced 3.1 million violent victimizations and U.S. households experienced an estimated 13.3 million property crimes in 2017.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of NCVRW by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s theme – Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future. – encourages commemoration, honor, and respect toward the crime victim advocates, allied professionals, and selfless volunteers who have courageously worked for increased rights for crime victims. The theme also invites everyone to look toward a future of inclusive, accessible, and innovative resources and services for survivors.

“We recognize that our response to crime victims plays an important role in their efforts to rebuild their lives following the offense,” New Hope Police Chief Tim Fournier said. “Let all of us — policy makers, those in the criminal justice system, counselors, and members of the general public — do what we can to bring honor to victims, responding to crime victims compassionately and respectfully.”

For additional information about this year’s NCVRW and how to assist victims in your own community, visit OVC’s website at ovc.gov.