Resource Guide Overview
This year, the National Center for Victims of Crime and the U.S.
Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, have entered
into an exciting partnership to bring you the 2002 National Crime
Victims Rights Week Resource Guide.
In years past, the OVC-sponsored guide and the National Centers
own Strategies for Action Kit have helped communities throughout
the United States promote National Crime Victims Rights Week.
The 2002 Resource Guide merges the best elements of the two previously
The result, we believe, is an even more effective tool to assist
local organizations in their public education and community outreach
activities that focus on victims rights, needs, and services.
As we move beyond the tragic events of September 11, this 22nd
anniversary of National Crime Victims Rights Week (NCVRW)
seems a particularly poignant opportunity to commemorate the progress
that has been made to secure rights and services for crime victims,
and to recommit ourselves to building a national commitment to help
crime victims rebuild their lives.
We selected Bringing Honor to Victims as this years
theme, not only as a way of reflecting the countrys renewed
spirit of patriotism, but as a way of articulating what honoring
victims of crime really means. Certainly, since September 11, Americans
have a heightened sense of the harsh and tragic impact of crime
on its victimshow, in a single moment, ones life can
be turned upside down and completely changed through an act of human
cruelty. We have also witnessed an unprecedented public response
to helping the September 11 victims, to give them hopeto
honor themin whatever way necessary.
So, bringing honor to victims means doing right by victims, helping
all victims of crime rebuild their lives ... providing the
rights, resources and programs that may never restore completely
what they have lost, but will provide a compassionate response to
the trauma they have experienced.
This years graphic artwork expresses many of the ways we
honor victims of crime: justice, voice, respect, participation,
choices, resources, advocacy, support, information, safety, counseling,
restitution. Bringing Honor to Victims is reflected in all the Resource
Guide components which can be utilized throughout the year in public
education and community outreach efforts.
Resource Guide Contents:
(8 tabs, as they appear in your 2002 Resource Guide folder from
bottom right to top left)
1. Resource Guide Overview
2. Official Recognition
& Public Speaking Opportunities
3. Statistical Overview
4. Camera-Ready Artwork
5. Working With The Media
6. Landmarks in Victims Rights
7. Special Event Ideas
8. Samples, Additional Resources
The National Center for Victims of Crime greatly appreciates the
opportunity to partner with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office
for Victims of Crime, on the 2002 National Crime Victims Rights
Week Resource Guide, and especially wishes to acknowledge the support
of Bill Brantley, who served as our Federal Project Officer.
From the National Center for Victims of Crime:
Author and Editor:
Mary Gleason Rappaport, Director of Communications
Susan Howley, Director of Public Policy
Jennifer Baldassari, Media Relations Coordinator
Rebecca Layton, Publications Coordinator
Anton Popic, Resource Specialist
This product was prepared by the National
Center for Victims of Crime supported by Grant Number 2001-VR-GX-0002,
awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings
and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this document are
those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official
position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
|National Crime Victims'
Rights Week: Bringing Honor to Victims