Join us Wednesday April 13, 2016

 

For an interactive panel discussion with Survivors who have taken tragedy and turned it to service to others. For details and to register click the link below.

 

http://www.eventbrite.com/o/crime-victims-council-of-dallas-county-7552909849

 

 

 

 Thank you to all who participated in and attended

our 2015 event!

 

      

 

 

 

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Dallas County and Lancaster commemorated our nation’s progress in advancing victims’ rights by honoring champions in advocating for expanded support and services in Dallas County.  

 

Crime victim advocates and survivors alike joined council members, police officer,s and city officials for breakfast to commemorate Crime Victim's Rights Week and the progress that has been made in supporting the rights of survivors over the past 30 years.    

Crime Victims Council of Dallas County Chairperson Brenda McAfee and Cheif Cheryl Wilson of the Lancaster Police Department accept the support of city officials during the 2014 Crime Victims Rights Week event. Cheif Wilson gave a moving speech about surviving intimate partner abuse in her own life before she became the first female Cheif of Police in Lancaster history.

Darlene Greene of the Ina Mae Greene Foundation shared her personal story of how violence touched her family's life and motivated her to speak out amongst the community to raise awareness of victims rights and the importance of a community effort to support victims of crime.

Attendees at the Crime Victims Rights Week commemoration breakfast were touched by the stories shared by brave survivors from our community who have lost loved ones due to sensless violence.  Victim advocates from local nonprofits and police departments are standing behind you and speaking out for your rights as survivors.  You deserve justice and support.  

 

This year’s theme—30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice—presents a perfect opportunity to salute attendees and their long-term commitment to aiding crime victims. As we celebrate three decades of defending victims’ rights, we are reminded of how far we have come—and how much work is yet to be done.

Only 30 years ago, crime victims had virtually no rights and no assistance. 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.

Today, the nation has made dramatic progress in securing rights, protections, and services for victims. More than 10,000 victim service agencies now help people throughout the country. In 1984, Congress passed the bipartisan Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), which created a national fund to ease victims’ suffering. Financed not by taxpayers but by fines and penalties paid by offenders, the Crime Victims Fund supports victim services, such as rape crisis and domestic violence programs and victim compensation programs that pay many of victims’ out-of-pocket expenses from the crime, such as counseling, funeral expenses, and lost wages.

   

HISTORY: The Council held the first Crime Victims Rights Week ceremony in Dallas at the Dallas County Courthouse in April 1998.  We started by having ceremonies and presentations by victims of crime.  In 2003, we held the first Awards Presentation for people who go above and beyond to assist victims of crime as well as a training for law enforcement on Victims rights and services. In 2004, the Council sponsored a Safety Fair at a local mall. In April, 2005, along with a breakfast ceremony, the Council joined (MADD) Mothers Against Drunk Driving at their "Strides for Change" walk.