This week, April 21-27th, is National Crime Victims’ Rights week.
This year’s theme – New Challenges, New Solutions — celebrates the spirit that will advance the progress that our crime victim advocates have achieved.
Only 30 years ago, crime victims had no rights, access to crime victim compensation, or services to help rebuild their lives.
Today, all states have enacted crime victims’ rights laws and established crime victims compensation funds.
But National Crime Victims’ Rights Week reminds us that many challenges remain. According to last year’s National Crime Victimization Survey, more than 50% of violent crimes were not reported to police in 2006-2010. Advocates also face a host of new challenges as they strive to provide culturally competent services for increasingly diverse populations. As funding sources decrease, providers must target their services even more strategically.
This year, the Clare County Prosecutor’s Office purchased bookmarks to be distributed to the local libraries and made available for pick-up at the courthouse. These bookmarks contain information on all of the available services to crime victims.