Thursday, April 26, 2012

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Every year in April a week is set aside to honor victims of crime. This year April 22-28 is set aside as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The theme for this year is "Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim".

I think it is extremely important to take a moment and honor those who have been traumatized by crime. There are so many types of crimes and victims in our country every year, many that go unnoticed and unrecognized. There are many agencies and people working to alleviate crime, but unfortunately we are not there yet.

At Hope House our mission is break the cycle of violence and to offer services to those who are victims of the crime of domestic violence. Many people still do not think of domestic violence as a crime, but think of it as a "family matter". It
is a crime and many in our community are partnering with us to stop this hideous crime from continuing to affect another generation.

We are grateful for all those who work with us to provide services to our clients so they can live a life free of abuse:

  • Police
  • Prosecutors
  • Probation and parole
  • Physicians and dentists
  • Social workers
  • Attorneys 
  • And many others too numerous to list

We are grateful for all they do to help our clients get back on their feet. We couldn’t do what we do without those partnerships.

During this week, let’s all take a moment to stop and think about those who have been victimized and who need help and support. If you know someone who has been a victim of a crime, I encourage you to reach out to them with a listening ear, or support in some other way. Recovering from a crime is not easy and every bit of support helps.

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