Condolences goes out to Miriam Shehane's family. Miriam's brother-in law, Curtis Eiland, passed away last night. More information later.
Every year in April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW). The weeklong initiative promotes victims' rights and honors crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.
NCVRW will be observed in 2017 on April 2–8.
STATE VIGIL WILL BE HELD FRIDAY APRIL 8TH, 2017 Sign up for the NCVRW Mailing List to receive –
- 2017 NCVRW Theme Poster digital download and optional printed copy;
- 2017 NCVRW Resource Guide digital download;
- Details concerning the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony; and
- Information about future National Crime Victims’ Service Award nomination periods.
You must sign up if you wish to receive information, even if you have previously registered for the NCVRW mailing list.
This year’s NCVRW Resource Guide highlights how serving victims and building trust restores hope and strengthens communities. The Resource Guide contains resources for victim service providers and allied professionals to continue to raise awareness of victims' issues beyond NCVRW and throughout the year, including the Crime and Victimization Fact Sheets, available in both English and Spanish. Use statistics and compelling graphics from these Fact Sheets in email and social media marketing, presentations, and on your website to help raise awareness and help demonstrate why crime victims' rights matter.
As advocates for victims of violent crime and their families, VOCAL has worked alongside officers and other members of law-enforcement since our inception. During that time, we have relied upon many dedicated and compassionate officers to help us in our mission to protect the lives and rights of victims. It is our belief that law enforcement officers are both the first line of defense against violence and a victim’s biggest advocate. Officers are often the ones to pick up the pieces after a traumatic event; they serve as a victim’s strongest protector and offer their support however it is most needed, whether it be to console and comfort a victim in pain or to testify on our behalf in court.
Thursday night, five police officers were ambushed and murdered in Dallas, Texas and seven more were severely injured. These officers illustrated true altruism in the face of evil by risking their lives to save protestors and other civilians caught in the line of fire. On July 7th, 2016, 12 of our protectors became victims, and as emotions continue to surge across the country, many more officers continue to face threats of violence. It is impossible to describe the shock and sorrow we feel at this loss. Our hearts and sympathies go out to the fallen officers and their families, as well as to the Dallas Police Department, in this time of mourning.
This summer has witnessed terrible atrocities, from the Orlando shootings to the Dallas attacks, and while our sorrow and heartache over these events will remain for many years to come, VOCAL will continue to stand in solidarity with law enforcement officers and the victims they serve and protect.
Contact VOCAL before your next Parole Hearing. VOCAL must have written authorization before VOCAL can protest for you.