National Crime Victims Awareness Week


The Elder Rights Center has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during the 2020 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW).  Although the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week takes place April 19-25, 2020, due to COVID-19 activities are being completed in June.


First designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week increases general public awareness of, and knowledge about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime.  The theme for 2020 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Seek Justice, Ensure Victims’ Rights, and Inspire Hope”  


Since 2004, the NCVRW Community Awareness Project has provided financial and technical assistance to more than 977 community projects that promote victim and public awareness activities, and innovative approaches to victim outreach and public educationabout victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.


The Elder Rights Center was one of the 109 recommended by NAVAA and selected for funding by OVC for 2020 from the 262 applications that were submitted nationwide.


The awarded funding has been used to create banners to be used throughout the Community and during outreach events, in addition to developing an animated Public Service Announcement to be shared throughout the Planning and Service Area as part of a Community Awareness Project.


Our PSA can be viewed here:


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