AEDC JA Commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2-8

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. -- Arnold Air Force Base Legal Office, in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2-8, 2017, is raising awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introducing the community to the important resources and services available.

Last year, over 5 million individuals were a victim of a crime, and there were nearly 15 million property victimizations, according to the 2015 National Crime Victimization Survey conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Arnold Legal Office will commemorate the advancement of victims’ rights and highlight issues surrounding victimization by meeting at the legal office April 8 at 1 p.m. for anyone interested in honoring champions and advocating for expanded support and services to communities affected by crime and familiarizing local agencies and resources 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 – 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.

The theme also supports OVC’s Vision 21 Initiative to encourage research, address emerging issues and build the capacity of victim service organizations by increasing the use of technology and training.

OVC and the Arnold Legal 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, contact the Victim Witness Assistance Program Coordinator at (931) 454-4657.

For additional ideas on how to support victims of crime, visit the OVC website, www.ovc.gov.