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Spotsylvania County receives Community Awareness Project Funding

In Uncategorized on February 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                       

CONTACT:        Carol Olson/RCASA     

February 2010                                                                                       540-371-6771

Spotsylvania County Receives Community Awareness Project Funding for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

             (Spotsylvania/Virginia) – The Spotsylvania County Victim Witness Assistance Program in collaboration with the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault 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 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

                The week of April 18 – 24, 2010, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), which was first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981.  This annual observance seeks to increase public awareness of, and knowledge among crime victims and survivors about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime.  The theme for 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Crime Victims Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect.”

                Through the provision of funding for Community Awareness Projects and its sponsorship of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide to help thousands of victim assistance and allied professional organizations promote the Week, OVC seeks to increase general public understanding of crime victims’ rights and concerns, and to educate crime victims and survivors about resources available to help them.

NCVRW Community Awareness Project funding encourages communities to collaborate on victim and public awareness activities, and develop innovative approaches to victim outreach and public education about victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and throughout the year.

Spotsylvania County Victim Witness Assistance Program in collaboration with the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault was one of the 70 projects recommended by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators and selected for funding by OVC for 2010 from the 142 applications that were submitted.

                According to Joye Frost, Acting Director of OVC, the Community Awareness Project helps generate widespread public awareness of crime victims’ rights and needs, and the importance of engaging all Americans in victim assistance efforts.

                “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is our commitment to help increase public awareness of crime victims’ rights and of the thousands of programs across our Nation that can help them,” Frost said.   According to Carol Olson, Executive Director of the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault, the Community Awareness Project that will be sponsored in Spotsylvania will a publication on Sexual and Domestic Violence Response Services in our county.  This project will highlight our Sexual Assault Response Team and area service providers who provide needed services to victims of crime. 

                “The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities will help us help crime victims,” Carol said.  “Members of our community are encouraged to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities and supporting victim assistance programs throughout the year.”

                For additional information about 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services in Spotsylvania County, please contact The Victim Witness Assistance Program in Spotsylvania County (540) 507-7666/7667 or The Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault 540-371-6771, or visit RCASA’s website at http://www.rcasa.org  For information about national efforts to promote 2010 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime Web site at http://www.ovc.gov.

 The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators is a non-profit organization that represents the 56 state agencies that distribute funds from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to more than 4,300 direct victim assistance service providers.  All of the funds for VOCA programs come from criminal fines and other penalties paid by federal criminal offenders and not from taxpayer dollars. For more information about NAVAA, contact info@navaa.org.

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