National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 2 - April 8, 2017
Published: March 24, 2017
This year’s theme—Strength. Resilience. Justice.—reflects this vision of the future. One in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient to face challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing. The theme highlights the need for multiple avenues of victim support.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is a time to recognize victims and survivors in our community and promote healing through understanding and providing direct services. We invite those needing support to contact us at 565-8250 for information to obtain resources in our community. Why are victim services so important? When victims and witnesses feel understood and supported, they are more likely to seek services. Victims of crime can have a wide variety of feelings including but not limited to fear, shame, anxiety, PTSD, shock, anger, etc. When a victim has to face their offender on the witness stand to testify it can feel overwhelming and re-victimizing. The Victim Services Division works to help reduce those feelings through meetings addressing what to expect as well as accompanying the victim to the witness stand in certain types of cases. In addition, our comfort dog Miranda can offer a way to reduce anxiety prior to and during testimony. Once a victim gains confidence to tell his or her story, the offender can be brought to justice, and the entire community can heal.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 1:30 PM
Gold Resolution proclaiming April 2 - April 8, 2017 as National Crime Victims' Rights Week in Sonoma County
Tables with resources and Victim Services staff will be available to answer questions.
Board of Supervisors Chambers
575 Administration Drive
Santa Rosa, CA95403
Family Justice Center Sonoma County
2755 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA95403
For more information, please call (707) 565-2822 or visit www.fjcsc.org