By Kim Branham
Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is celebrated every year in April. This week is dedicated to learn about victimization, the effect victimization has on individuals, families, friends and the community, and to promote laws, policies, and programs to help victims of crime. Every year, thousands of communities across the nation honor the dedication of those before us that established victim rights and renew commitment to guarantee that all victims have the rights and services they need to recover from crime.
This year’s theme —Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims— emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services. This year’s theme addresses:
- How the crime victims field can better ensure that every crime victim has access to services and support
- How professionals, organizations, and communities can work in tandem to reach all victims.
Help kick off National Crime Victim Rights Week by attending a local event to honor victims of crime:
2018 Crime Victim Rights Week Commemoration
Date: Monday, April 9, 2018
Time: Noon to 1 pm
Location: Rose Andom Center, 2nd Floor Training Room, 1330 Fox Street, Denver, CO 80204
This event is hosted by the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Denver District Attorney’s Office, Safehouse Denver and the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice.