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It’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW)!

In his NCVRW proclamation, President Biden states “This week and every week, let us all commit to doing our part to help prevent crimes and to provide survivors with the resources they need to heal, pursue justice, and emerge stronger.”

Read this year’s NCVRW Presidential Proclamation to learn about the federal government’s efforts to—

  • stabilize the Crime Victims Fund to ensure that victims of crime can access victim assistance and compensation,
  • reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act to allow more victims to access trauma-informed care — especially victims from underserved communities,
  • help prosecute perpetrators of hate crimes and respond to victims,
  • support survivors of gun violence and families who have lost loved ones, and
  • seek to build trust between the public and law enforcement.

OVC Director Kristina Rose opened the week with a commemorative message to victim service providers and allied professionals that calls upon communities to amplify the voices of survivors and commit to creating an environment where survivors have the confidence that they will be heard, believed, and supported. 

View the 2023 NCVRW Theme Videos to learn more about this year’s theme—Survivor Voices: Elevate. Engage. Effect Change.—and the importance of elevating and engaging survivors to lift their voices, inform policy and practice, and thereby effect change.

Use the 2023 NCVRW Resource Guide to raise awareness about victims' rights, protections, and services this week and throughout the year.

2023 NCVRW Candlelight Vigil

Join OVC for a tribute to victims of crime and the many dedicated professionals and volunteers who advocate on their behalf.

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., eastern time
Location: Washington, D.C. - National Mall (Central Panel at 4th Street NW)

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Date Published: April 24, 2023