Local Program Receives Community Awareness Project Funding for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
The Lincoln Police Department Victim/Witness Unit has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness and crime victim outreach activities in conjunction with 2008 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
The week of April 13 - 19, 2008, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which was first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. This annual observance seeks to increase public awareness of, and knowledge among crime victims and survivors about, the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime. The theme for 2008 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Justice for Victims. Justice for All.” which recognizes that crime has an impact on everyone and that all victims deserve support and services to help cope with the aftermath of criminal victimization.
NCVRW Community Awareness Project funding encourages communities to collaborate on victim and public awareness activities, and develop innovative approaches to victim outreach and public education about victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and throughout the year. This funding comes from the federal Crime Victims Fund created under the U.S. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984 made up entirely of criminal fines and other penalties paid by federal criminal offenders—not by U.S. taxpayers. The Lincoln Police Department Victim/Witness Unit was one of the 56 projects selected for funding by OVC for 2008 from the more than 145 applications that were submitted.
According to JoAnna Briggs, Manager of the Lincoln Police Department's Victim Witness Unit, the Community Awareness Project will include bill boards, advertisements on city buses and a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Open House. “The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2008 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities will help us help crime victims,” JoAnna Briggs said. “With this support, we can promote collaborative approaches to helping victims in our community to ensure that victims’ rights and victim services are provided to ‘every victim, every time’ after a crime is committed.”
Members of our community are encouraged to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2008 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities and supporting victim assistance programs throughout the year. For additional information about 2008 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services in Lincoln and Lancaster County, please contact Jody or Pat at 441-7181. For information about national efforts to promote 2008 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime Web site at http://www.ovc.gov.