U.S. Attorney's Office Commemorates National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 2-8
HONOLULU – The United States Attorney’s Office in Hawaii, in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 2-8, 2017, is participating with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs in a Financial Literacy Fair on April 5 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. Last year, over five 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).
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. 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.
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, DC, 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.