Maximizing Communication and Awareness
The sample speech reflects the 2003 NCVRW theme and offers a broad
national perspective about the current status of victims' rights
and services. It should be personalized to reflect local issues
and concerns, as well as to educate the public about victims' rights
and services available in the community and state in which the
speech is delivered. Potential audiences for NCVRW speeches include:
civic and service organizations; allied professional groups; schools,
colleges and universities (classes, general assemblies, and student/faculty
organizations); criminal and juvenile justice and victims' rights
conferences; and inter-faith institutions.
This Resource Guide contains a variety of quotations that address
the NCVRW theme and other inspirational topics relevant to victims'
rights and victim justice. The notable quotables can be utilized
in speeches, brochures and all victim and public outreach publications
and activities sponsored during NCVRW and throughout the year.
Support from inter-faith communities for NCVRW can greatly enhance
victim and public outreach efforts. Many inter-faith leaders are
willing to incorporate messages relevant to victims' rights and
services in order to commemorate NCVRW. This year's sample sermon
reflects the perspective of various faiths, and was written by
Reverend Richard Lord and Janice Harris Lord of Arlington, Texas.
Victim service providers should contact religious leaders at least
four weeks prior to NCVRW to determine if they are willing to address
crime victims' rights and needs in their
sermons or remarks to their congregations throughout the week.
This year, hundreds of state and local officials and agencies
will issue proclamations or resolutions that officially proclaim
the week of April 6-12, 2003 to be "(State/Local) Crime Victims'
Rights Week." This sample proclamation can be offered to such
officials and entities as a foundation upon which to draft an official
proclamation that is specific to each jurisdiction's needs. Data
from the statistical overviews included in this Resource Guide
and/or jurisdiction-specific data can be used to tailor the sample
proclamation to an individual organization, jurisdiction or state.
Victim advocates should request multiple copies of any proclamations
issued that can be framed for the offices of the many organizations
that co-sponsor 2003 NCVRW activities.
TWENTY TIPS FOR COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND PUBLIC EDUCATION
Twenty creative ideas are included that tie into this year's theme, "Victims'
Rights: Fulfill the Promise." Many ideas were generated from
victim assistance programs and collaborative initiatives to commemorate
NCVRW in past years. These suggestions can be implemented as is,
or tailored to fit the particular needs or style of your organization,
agency or jurisdiction. It is important to involve as many individuals
and organizations in your community as possible in your NCVRW public
awareness activities and commemorative events.
The commemorative calendar outlines events held throughout the
year for crime victims and allied professionals. Contact information
for the lead organizations for each event is provided. In many
instances, the organizations release public awareness materials
specific to the event.
|National Crime Victims' Rights
Week: Fulfill the Promise
||April 612, 2003