U.S. Attorney’s Office Commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 8-14
HONOLULU – The United States Attorney’s Office in Hawaii, in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 8-14, 2018, is participating with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs in a Financial Literacy Fair on April 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Tamarind Park at Bishop Square in Honolulu, to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available. According to the most recent Bureau of Justice Statistics survey, victims experience more than five million violent crimes and nearly 15 million property victimizations a year.
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 8-14, 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.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and OVC 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. Please call 855-4-VICTIM (842846) or visit www.VictimConnect.org for additional information about victims’ rights and options – confidentially. You may also contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Hawaii, Victim Witness Program at 808-541-2850 or visit the OVC website, www.ovc.gov.