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National Crime Victims' Rights Week: April 18-24, 2004 banner

Maximizing Communication and Awareness


The sample speech reflects the 2004 NCVRW theme, and offers a national perspective about the current status of victims' rights and services. Personalize it to reflect local issues, concerns, and shared values relevant to victim assistance, as well as to educate the public about rights and services available in their community and state. Potential audiences include: NCVRW-specific victim/survivor and public awareness forums; 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 interfaith entities.


This year, hundreds of state and local officials and agencies will issue proclamations or resolutions that officially proclaim the week of April 18-24, 2004 to be "(State or 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 Guide, as well as 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 and displayed in the offices of the many organizations that co-sponsor 2004 NCVRW activities.


Twenty creative ideas are included that tie into this year's theme, "Victims' Rights: America's Values." 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.


Sponsoring a contest will help encourage elementary, middle, and high school students to commemorate the 2004 NCVRW theme by utilizing their writing and artistic talents. Contact local school boards and/or administrators to seek co-sponsorship of this educational activity, and solicit prizes from local merchants.


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, these organizations release public awareness materials specific to the commemoration.

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National Crime Victims' Rights Week: Victims' Rights: America's Values April 18–24, 2004
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