The Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 8-14, 2018, is hosting a ceremony on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 to honor victims of crime and to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available.
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) of the U.S. Department of Justice leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims—highlights how the investment of communities in crime victims expands the opportunity for victims to disclose their victimization, connect with services, and receive the support they need. The theme also acknowledges the many barriers facing victims of crime especially those with disabilities, LGBTQ victims, older adults, speakers with limited English proficiency, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and others from historically marginalized communities.
OVC and the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office encourage widespread participation in the week’s events and in other victim-related observances throughout the year. The U.S. Department of Justice will host OVC’s annual National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., to honor outstanding individuals and programs that serve victims of crime. For additional information about this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and how to assist victims in your community, please contact Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office at 757-382-6417. For additional ideas on how to support victims of crime, visit OVC’s website at www.ovc.gov
RSVP: Please contact 757-382-6417 by April 2, 2018.