Every year, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) revisits crime victims’ historic struggle for justice. To the founders of the victims’ rights movement, justice meant that all victims - regardless of geography, demographics, or financial status - would have the rights and services they need in the aftermath of a crime. For three decades, National Crime Victims' Rights Week has successfully promoted awareness of victims' rights and services and honored countless crime victims and survivors.
Although there is much to celebrate within the victim rights movement, we face multiple, complex challenges in reaching out to victims. New types of crime have emerged and proliferated as a result of changes brought about by technology, globalization, and demographics in our society. Meanwhile, long-standing types of victimization endure, demanding a renewed commitment to action.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week gives us an annual opportunity to engage you, the public, in the struggle for victims’ rights. We are honored to present our events during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), and we look forward to observing the week with all of you.
NCVRW Community Awareness Project funding supports community collaboration on victim and public awareness activities, and innovative approaches to victim outreach and public education about victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and throughout the year. The New York Crime Victims’ Assistance Task Force was one of the 77 projects recommended by the National Association of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Assistance Administrators and selected for funding by Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) for 2013.