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2024 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide


National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) will be commemorated April 21–27, 2024. The 2024 NCVRW theme is—

How would you help?

Options, services, and hope for crime survivors.

The 2024 theme asks all of us—friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues, community leaders, victim service providers, criminal justice practitioners, and health professionals—how we can help crime victims. Are you prepared if someone confides in you about a victimization? Is your organization victim-centered and trauma-informed? Are you familiar with the services available in your community?

The 2024 NCVRW Resource Guide contains a wide array of outreach tools and sample materials to help you develop and carry out your NCVRW awareness campaign and other public awareness campaigns throughout the year. 

Resource Guide highlights include suggestions for raising awareness in your community, sample materials for traditional and social media, a history of the crime victims’ rights movement, and original artwork to unite this national effort.

Join OVC during NCVRW 2024 as we commit to creating safe environments for crime victims to share what happened to them. By doing so, we’re able to offer support, options for life-saving services, and, most importantly, hope.

Introductory Materials

NCVRW Candlelight Vigil

Join OVC for the 2024 NCVRW Candlelight Vigil as we pay tribute to victims of crime and the many dedicated professionals and volunteers who advocate on their behalf. During the vigil, attendees will hear from this year’s guest speakers: 

Anthony Edwards, Actor, Producer, Director
Chair, Board of Directors, 1in6

Brenda Glass, MSSA, LISW-S
Founder and Executive Director, Brenda Glass Multipurpose Trauma Center

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., eastern time
Location: Washington, D.C. – National Mall (Panel closest to the Capitol Building between 3rd and 4th Streets NW)

National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony

During this ceremony, OVC will recognize individuals and organizations that demonstrate extraordinary acts of service on behalf of crime victims and outstanding work in victim services. 

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., eastern time
Location: Washington, D.C. – National Mall (Panel closest to the Capitol Building between 3rd and 4th Streets NW)

Register for the Events or  Watch the Events Online

Additional NCVRW Community Events

Visit our Events page to find NCVRW community awareness events, resource fairs, vigils, and other events across the Nation hosted by local service providers and allied professionals. 

We also invite you to add your own event to our Events page. Your submission will be reviewed and, if approved, posted on the web for public view.

Stay Informed About Future NCVRW Updates

Sign up for the NCVRW subscription list to receive information about future NCVRW commemorations and nomination periods for the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards.

The 2024 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week materials were created by the National Center for Victims of Crime with funding from OVC.

Date Created: January 8, 2024