Crime Victims' Rights Week 2015


WHEREAS, the preservation of peace in our communities and protection from violence for all citizens of the Commonwealth are fundamental priorities of government; and

WHEREAS, every year thousands of Virginians experience emotional, physical, psychological, and financial harm as a result of criminal activity; and

WHEREAS, victimization occurs among people of all ages, abilities, and all economic, racial, and social backgrounds; and

WHEREAS, victim services programs and public safety organizations throughout Virginia collaborate to provide vital services to victims, including crisis intervention, hotlines, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, and programs for children and teenagers; and

WHEREAS, in 1995, the Commonwealth adopted a Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights to ensure that victims are treated with respect, dignity and fairness at all stages of the criminal justice system; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth provides over $22 million in state and federal funds to support 340 programs throughout Virginia; and

WHEREAS, these funds support direct services of all types, including hotlines, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, and information on the criminal justice process, as well as training for service providers, law enforcement officers and prosecutors; and

WHEREAS, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19-25, 2015, is an opportunity to build upon the decades of progress and hard work, and renew our commitment to ensuring that the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights is fully implemented and that all victims have the  services they need to recover from crime; and

WHEREAS, victim services providers, criminal justice officials and concerned citizens throughout Virginia are joining forces to raise awareness of victims’ rights and observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 19-25, 2015, as CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.