Yates County to recognize Crime Victims Rights Week

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc. in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 2-8, will be hosting a ceremony to honor those in our community who serve victims of crime and to raise awareness about crime victims’ rights. 

Last year, over 5 million individuals were a victim of a crime (according to the 2015 National Crime Victimization Survey conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics).

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, April 2-8, by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s theme—Strength. Resilience. Justice.—emphasizes the importance of multidisciplinary responses and building the capacity of individuals, service providers, and communities to respond to crime and support the ongoing healing of victims and survivors.

Yates County will observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a special ceremony honoring the men and women who serve crime victims within the community. The ceremony will be held at noon April 7 in the Yates County Courthouse. Yates County will also commemorate the advancement of victims’ rights by honoring Elaine Lewis, Children’s Services Case Supervisor with the Yates County Department of Social Services, and proud member of the Yates County Community, champion in advocating for individuals affected by crime.

OVC encourages widespread participation in the week’s events and in other victim-related observances throughout the year. For additional information about the 2017 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and how to assist victims in your community, visit the Office for Victims of Crime website, www.ovc.gov.