National Crime Victim Rights' Week 2018

NCJFCJ Recognizes National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2018

April 8, 2018

This year, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) will be observed on April 8-14 and it will embrace the theme Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims. The goal of this theme is to address how the crime victims field can better ensure that every crime victim has access to services and support and how professionals, organizations, and communities can work in tandem to reach all victims. This theme directly aligns with the goals of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' (NCJFCJ) Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Project, funded by the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). This project seeks to identify and promote healing for victims of crime; provide or coordinate prevention and intervention services to youth and families experiencing trauma and victimization; and build capacity within communities to meet the needs of youth exposed to violence.

Through the project, OVC wants to learn how to bring healthcare, child welfare, justice, and other systems together to coordinate and align efforts to ensure a timely and seamless response to young victims, their families, and caregivers, no matter the system of entry. To commemorate NCVRW 2018, each day of the week a member of the Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Project National Steering Committee will share an essay on how his or her field reaches victims in vulnerable populations and how this work ties into the goals of the project.