The Victim Services Section will again launch National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on April 10, 2016, with our 4th Annual 5K Walk and Candlelight Vigil. This free event will be held at the Fairfax Corner Center off Monument Drive in Fairfax, Virginia. We invite crime victims, survivors, family members, friends, and the community to come out to raise awareness for victims’ rights in Northern Virginia and show their support for all victims of crime.
The 2016 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will take place from April 10 to 16. This annual observance, first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, seeks to increase general public awareness of, and knowledge about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime. This year’s theme-Serving Victims. Building Trust, Restoring Hope--underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.
Participants are encouraged to arrive at 4:30 p.m. to check in and retrieve your T-shirt as well as browse the vendor tables that will be on display at our resource fair. During that time, you will also have the opportunity to listen to the talented jazz Performance of E & Me Contemporary Jazz Band.
Numerous special guests will be attending this event, to include David Culver, NBC4 News, as the Master of Ceremonies, Raymond F. Morrogh, Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Bill Eastham, victim and survivor speaker, and Fairfax County Police Department’s Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr.
In addition, to the resource fair, we are excited to announce a new display this year. This gives participants an opportunity to honor themselves or a loved one at our interactive canvas art table hosted by one of our homicide survivors.
A few of our community providers participating in our resource fair are:
- A Way Forward
- Artemis House
- Domestic Violence Action Center
- City of Alexandria Victim Witness Program
- City of Alexandria Domestic Violence Program
- Arlington County Victim Witness Program
- PRS CrisisLink
- Dating Abuse Stops Here (DASH)
- Women’s Center
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- Safe Spot Child Advocacy Center
Join us; bring a friend. Walkers, crime victims, survivors, family members, concerned citizens and all others are welcome. Please help us recognize victims of violence, crimes, and those who contribute their lives towards helping them cope, recover, and heal.
The first 150 people to register will receive a free T-shirt. To register please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016NCVRW
Here are some useful links:
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/
Fairfax County Police Department Victim Services Section: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/services/victim-services.htm
Officer for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ofw/
National Center for Victims of Crime www.victimsofcrime.org
Victim Connect www.victimconnect.org