Victim Right's Week Event

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Victim Advocate Unit

Crime Stoppers of Pinellas
Clearwater Police Department Victim Advocate Unit
Largo Police Department Victim Advocate Unit
The State Attorney’s Victim Advocate Unit
The Haven of RCS
Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc.
The Springtime Club, Inc.
The State Attorney’s Victim Advocate Unit
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Suncoast Center, Inc.
Personal Enrichment Mental Health Services
Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.)
Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking

The Sheriff's Office Victim Advocate Unit will join multiple agencies and organizations for the 2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Observance. This year's theme titled "Engaging Communities; Empowering Victims" will celebrate survivors and victims of crime.

The event is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

The event will be held at Ross Norton Park located at 1426 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in Clearwater.

In observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), the Domestic Violence Task Force Victim Advocacy Committee is sponsoring a day filled with fun activities and valuable resources for crime victim survivors and  their families.

Reflecting the spirit of the 2015 theme is: "Engaging Communities; Empowering Victims." This event highlights the importance of building partnerships throughout our communities to better address all victims' needs and create a victim response system that is open and accessible to all survivors and victims of crime.

The event which will include activities such as Tai-Chi and Self Defense classes; Arts and Crafts; Self Care and Massages; Line Dancing; a DJ; and Face Painting as well as gifts for the first 115 guests. The "goody bag" gift will included a drawstring book bag, a safety whistle and a light-up flashlight necklaces.

The power of partnerships launched the crime victims’ rights movement and the achievements celebrated during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week each year. Families of murdered children, victims of sexual assault, drunk driving, domestic violence, and other violent crimes mobilized at the grassroots level, joining forces to demand justice for victims of crime. The National Campaign for Victims’ Rights founded by these partners led to President Ronald Reagan’s reforms on behalf of crime victims, his declaration of the first NCVRW, and the creation of the Victims of Crime Act and Crime Victims Fund, whose anniversary the victim advocate  community will celebrate during its Kick Off in observation of NCVRW this weekend.

The event is open to the public and will serve as a prelude to the 2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week which takes place from April 19-25, 2015.

The media is invited to cover.

For further information contact Victim Advocate Bobbie Hodson at 727-580-5474.

Posted by Friday, April 17, 2015 12:02:00 PM Categories: Events

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