FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 7 – 13, 2019 highlights the importance of providing needed services at the earliest stage of victimization to prevent further victimization and subsequently foster trust in the criminal justice system that it will work for them, thus addressing the cycle of violence and restoring hope for the future. Communities throughout the nation will rally to honor and support victims of crime. This year’s theme is – “Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.”
The Victim Assistance Program of the Fort Wayne Police Department will commemorate the advancement of victims’ rights at its annual Candlelight Vigil to recognize victims and survivors of violent crimes.
The group says they will hold a candlelight vigil under the same theme on April 9.
Saying that by engaging community leaders and organizations in the work to support crime victims, they are providing new avenues for victims and to enhance their ability to serve them. Victim Assistance says the vigil is one way to bring honor to all crime victims by promoting a greater understanding of crime victims’ needs and the critical importance of working together to help all victims of crime rebuild their lives.
Victim Assistance says that 30 years ago, crime victims had virtually no rights and no voice. The criminal justice system often seemed indifferent to their needs. Victims were commonly excluded from courtrooms and denied the chance to speak at sentencing. They had no access to victim compensation or services to help rebuild their lives. There were few avenues to deal with their emotional and physical wounds. Victims were on their own to recover their health, security, and dignity.
Now, crime victim services include information regarding their rights, their involvement in and support throughout the justice process as more than a witness; and rights to information about compensation programs and supportive services that can help them cope with the aftermath of crime.
Victim Assistance encourages widespread participation in the week’s events and in other victim-related observances throughout the year.
The following is Victim Assistance schedule for 2019:
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 5:30pm Allen County Courthouse
Diamonds & Denim: Every Victim Matters Auction Event
4rd Annual event will be Friday, April 26, 2019
Ceruti’s Catering, 6325 Illinois Rd., Ft Wayne, IN 46804
Silent Auction: 6:00pm-8:00 pm,
Live Auction begins 8:30 pm