What is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week?
Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is celebrated every year in April. This week is dedicated to learn about victimization, the effect victimization has on individuals, families, friends and the community, and to promote laws, policies, and programs to help victims of crime. Every year, thousands of communities across the nation honor the dedication of those before us that established victim rights and renew commitment to guarantee that all victims have the rights and services they need to recover from crime. Victim Support Services participates in marches, tree-planting ceremonies, and many other activities that are held each year to promote victims’ rights and to honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.
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 in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.
This year, in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we are hosting a free screening of Newtown: What Remains After All is Lost? Twenty months after a horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and six educators on December 14, 2012, the small New England town is in a complex psychological tangle in the wake of yet another act of mass killing at the hands of a disturbed young gunman. The film provides access into the lives and homes of those who remain, all of whom have been indelibly changed by the events. After the screening, we will have a panel discussion and a chance for questions. Although the screening is free, registration is preferred. To register for you and your guest, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.
Here is this year’s theme video…