Sample Press Release
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
America Celebrates the Silver Anniversary
of National Crime Victims' Rights Week
Isn't Served Until Crime Victims Are
(City/State) Twenty-five years ago, President Ronald
W. Reagan declared the first National Crime Victims' Rights
Week to pay tribute to crime victims and to recognize the devastating
impact of violence on individuals, communities and our nation as
a whole. In proclaiming the first National Crime Victims' Rights
Week in 1981 and then establishing the President's Task Force
on Victims of Crime, he stated, Our commitment to criminal
justice goes far deeper than our desire to punish the guilty or
to deter those considering a lawless course. Our laws represent
the collective moral voice of a free society a voice that
articulates our shared beliefs about the roles of civilized behavior.
Both the observance of Crime Victims' Week and the creation
of this Task Force are entirely consistent with principles that
lie at the heart of our nation's belief in freedom under law.
During the week of April 10 to 16, 2005, the 25th anniversary
of National Crime Victims' Rights Week will be observed across
our nation by victims and survivors and the professionals and volunteers
who assist them. This year's theme Justice Isn't
Served Until Crime Victims Are emphasizes the importance
of providing support and assistance to victims as a critical and
core component of justice in America.
Since 1981, the field of victims' rights and services has
contributed to many accomplishments that enhance individual and
community safety. Today, there are over 10,000 justice system-
and community-based programs that inform and educate victims about
their rights, and provide supportive services to help them cope
with the physical, emotional, financial and spiritual impact of
crime. Over 32,000 laws have been passed at the state and federal
levels that define and protect victims' rights, including
constitutional amendments in 32 states
(including yours, if applicable). Comprehensive responses and programs
have also been created that ensure a sensitive and effective response to victims
of domestic and international terrorism and mass violence.
In America today, victim service programs offer a wide range of
services that include crisis intervention, counseling, safety planning,
and advocacy throughout the criminal or juvenile justice system;
and state victim compensation programs help victims recover from
the many costs associated with criminal victimization.
According to John W. Gillis, Director of the Office for Victims
of Crime within the Office of Justice Programs,
U.S. Department of Justice, justice isn't served until crime victims
Anyone who is truly concerned about justice should also
be concerned that victims and survivors are treated with dignity
and compassion, educated about their rights under law, and offered
services to help them cope in the aftermath of crime, Gillis
explained. Only when we consistently serve victims in our
communities are we truly serving justice.
Local (spokesperson name, title and agency) notes
that justice is continually served in (community) through
victim assistance programs that identify and address the immediate-,
short- and long-term needs of crime victims and survivors.
Anyone who is victimized by crime can receive information
about their rights, and the many services available to assist them, (spokesperson)
said. If you or someone you know is a victim of crime, we
can help. Or if you'd like to volunteer for victims, many
opportunities are available.
Here in (city/county/state), a number of special activities
have been planned to commemorative the Silver Anniversary of National
Crime Victims' Rights Week. Included are: (cite examples
of special events, and attach any other relevant information to
this press release).
Members of our community are encouraged to join crime victims
and those who serve them in commemorating National Crime Victims' Rights
Week, April 10th to 16th. For additional information about the
Silver Anniversary of National Crime Victims' Rights Week,
crime victim assistance, or volunteer opportunities, please contact
(agency/organization) at (area code/telephone number),
or visit (name of agency's) Web site at (Web site
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|National Crime Victims' Rights
Week: Justice Isn't Served Until Crime Victims Are
||April 1016, 2005