Learning about rights for crime victims


The ceremony was bittersweet as families attended the Crime Victims’ Rights Ceremony on behalf of their loved ones who were either murdered or killed in a drunk driving accident. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers. “Too often the criminal and the process are what gets the attention of the media”. There also will be agencies who specifically work with victims with mental health needs, LGBTQ victims and victims with limited English proficiency.

“Crime can be stopped”, she said. The bipartisan Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), passed by Congress in 1984, created a national fund to ease victims’ suffering.

This year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme, “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims”, highlights how the investment of communities in crime victims expands the opportunity for victims to disclose their victimization, connect with services and receive the support they need.

The festival will feature crime victims’ testimonies and live music by local bands Normal Reaction and Room 347. The tree represents the strong foundation of support that exists for victims and their families in Orange County.

“They’re humble.they don’t necessarily do this work for the money, they do this work because they want to help victims”, said Kirstin Flores, director of the Office of Victim Services of the Arizona Attorney General’s office.

Williams said the ceremony is an opportunity for the Southern District Attorney’s Office to recognize the victims lost past year.

According to the Department of Justice, the rights of crime victims include the right to be present and heard at court hearings, the right to be consulted regarding plea negotiations in a violent felony case and right to full restitution for economic damages, among many others.


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